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More Distant Visible Part of the Sea

1983
20th Century
28 1/4 x 21 1/8 in. (71.8 x 53.7 cm)

Robert Rauschenberg, American, (1925–2008)

Object Type: PRINTS
Creation Place: North America
Medium and Support: Color offset lithograph with embossing and collage, ed. 21/125
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from William E. Kelly, Jr., ’74
Accession Number: 15-G-3694
Label from Beyond 2-D: Surface Play with Paper, LaSalle Art Museum, November 1, 2021- May 30, 2022

Robert Rauschenberg used GI Bill funds to study painting at the Académie Julian in Paris. There he met Susan Weil (briefly his wife) whom he followed to Black Mountain College, where he studied under Josef Albers. The Bauhaus-inspired curriculum encouraged an openness about what constituted art, what materials might be used, and how artists might collaborate—lessons that Rauschenberg would carry throughout his career. Rauschenberg claimed to have an "insatiable curiosity" and worked in many artistic areas, including painting, sculpture, performance, technology, photography, and printmaking. He also loved to collaborate, saying, "It seems that in theater and printmaking, every individual that you add to a project will result in ten times as many new possibilities."

Rauschenberg gave two of his prints the same title, More Distant Visible Part of the Sea: one from 1979 featuring scissors, and this one from 1983 featuring umbrellas. He often included images of umbrellas, parasols, and parachutes in his art, at least as far back as the mixed media “combine” work, Charlene, from 1954. By the time he created this print, he had left the frenzy of New York City for the tranquility of Captiva Island, Florida. The serenity he found may be reflected in some of images used in this work, such as the sunset and the native flora represented.

Thomas Blum, Ph.D.
Current Location: In Storage

Exhibitions
- Beyond 2-D: Surface Play with Paper, LaSalle Art Museum, November 1, 2021- May 30, 2022

- Teaching and Learning in the Art Museum: La Salle University Faculty Selections, La Salle University Art Museum, September 10 - December 14, 2018.
See the online exhibition HERE: http://digitalcommons.lasalle.edu/faculty_selections_2018/.

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