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Robert Rauschenberg
Reservoir
1961
oil, wood, graphite, fabric, metal, and rubber
85 1/2 x 62 1/2 x 15 1/2 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.



Reservoir is what Robert Rauschenberg calls a "combine" painting—a merging of materials and ideas drawn from the world of painting and the stuff of ordinary existence. Using clocks, wheels, old cans, weathered wood, and crumpled metal, as he has here, suits his goal of eliminating the distinction between art and life.