Reservoir

  • Robert Rauschenberg, Reservoir, 1961, oil, wood, graphite, fabric, metal, and rubber on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., 1969.47.70

Publication Label

Robert Rauschenberg was one of the Beat Generation of artists, writers, and musicians who attacked the barriers between art and life. In Reservoir, a length of wood, two clocks, and a couple of cast-off wheels reach out from the painted surface into the viewer's space. These elements represent both the randomness and order that Rauschenberg saw in everyday life. The arrangement of objects and thick, splashy brushstrokes represent his split-second decisions, and the two clocks record when he started the work and the moment he considered it finished.

Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.

Title
Reservoir
Artist
Date
1961
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
85 1/2 x 62 1/2 x 15 1/2 in. (217.2 x 158.7 x 39.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil, wood, graphite, fabric, metal, and rubber on canvas
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Allegory – time
  • Abstract
Object Number
1969.47.70
Palette
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