Object Image

Tracer is one of the 79 silkscreened paintings Robert Rauschenberg produced between 1963 and 1964, whose imagery is derived from everyday information- photographs, newspapers and magazines. Tracer alludes to the Vietnam War by incorporating American symbols of war and patriotism-army helicopters and a bald eagle. It also juxtaposes an urban street scene and a reproduction of Peter Paul Rubens' Venus at Her Toilet (ca. 1613-15), a classic image of beauty and love. Rauschenberg presents modern culture bombarded by conflicting images, signs and information. Rauschenberg is considered a pivotal figure in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art. He unites the disparate imagery of Pop with the bold brushwork of Abstract Expressionism.

Purchase: Nelson Gallery Foundation

1963
Oil and silkscreen on canvas
84.1 x 60.0 x 2.0 in
F84-70
Text: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2023
Image: Estate of Robert Rauschenberg / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Permanent collection