Manhole House (Night Shade)

By Robert Rauschenberg SKU:304171

Robert Rauschenberg's ""Manhole House (Night Shade),"" painted in 1952, is a captivating artwork that merges abstract expressionism with found materials. It embodies his iconic ""combine"" technique, fusing painting and sculpture. Rauschenberg collected discarded objects from the streets of New York, incorporating them into his canvas. ""Manhole House"" features a real manhole cover, infusing urban grit into the piece. This innovative approach challenged traditional artistic boundaries, setting a precedent for conceptual art. The painting's fusion of textures, materials, and ideas marked a pivotal moment in modern art, emphasizing Rauschenberg's lasting influence and creativity.

70 cm

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Title: “”Robert Rauschenberg’s Manhole House (Night Shade): A Landmark of Artistic Innovation””

Year Painted: 1952

In 1952, the artistic landscape was forever transformed by Robert Rauschenberg’s groundbreaking creation, “”Manhole House (Night Shade).”” This iconic artwork is a testament to Rauschenberg’s unique approach to art, merging abstract expressionism with found materials in a way that defied convention and reshaped the boundaries of artistic expression.

“”Manhole House (Night Shade)”” stands as a prime example of Rauschenberg’s distinctive “”combine”” technique, a term he coined to describe his innovative approach to blending painting and sculpture. The artwork is a dynamic amalgamation of textures, colors, and objects, with a real manhole cover serving as a central element. Rauschenberg’s inspiration was drawn from the streets of New York, where he collected discarded items that reflected the urban environment’s gritty authenticity.

The year 1952 marked a turning point in Rauschenberg’s career. This painting encapsulates the zeitgeist of the time—an era of artistic experimentation and a departure from the traditional confines of the canvas. Rauschenberg’s willingness to incorporate found objects into his work challenged the status quo, sparking a dialogue about the nature of art and the definition of beauty. The painting’s title, “”Manhole House (Night Shade),”” further accentuates its urban roots, hinting at the allure and mystery of the nocturnal cityscape.

“”Manhole House (Night Shade)”” has become a symbol of artistic rebellion and innovation, influencing subsequent generations of artists who sought to break free from conventional norms. Its enduring significance lies in its ability to provoke thought, encouraging viewers to reconsider the relationship between art and the everyday world. Rauschenberg’s masterful blend of abstraction and realism creates a visual language that speaks to the complex interplay between imagination and reality.

Today, “”Manhole House (Night Shade)”” resides as a cherished piece within the legacy of modern art. Its impact extends beyond the canvas, resonating with anyone who encounters it. By pushing artistic boundaries and embracing the raw materials of urban life, Rauschenberg’s masterpiece continues to captivate, inspire, and challenge, firmly solidifying its place in the pantheon of art history.

Original size:
122 x 213 cm (width x height)
Minimal order width:
40 cm
Maximum order width:
122 cm

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