Green Shirt

Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925-2008)
Neon and enameled metal 
119 x 240 x 10-1/2 in. (302.3 x 609.6 x 26.7 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of the Artist 
Accession Number:
Art © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY Reproduction of this image, including downloading, is prohibited without written authorization from VAGA 
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During the 1950s Robert Rauschenberg rose to prominence for his “combine” paintings, which included objects from the “real world” and painted abstractions. Employing an atypical medium, Green Shirt similarly depicts a combination of subjects and objects from ordinary life with references to “high” and folk art traditions. A green shirt, oversized tie and bicycle collaborate with the Rubens-inspired woman at her mirror and small, wandering pigs to blur, and then deconstruct the boundaries of looking at “real art” and experiencing “real life.” Green Shirt is in harmony with his famously quoted objective—“to act in that gap between art and life.”


Robert Rauschenberg [Rauschenberg Reg # 67.001], gift 1969 to;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, 1969-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena.

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