Fun fact for Robert #Rauschenberg 's birthday—he was inspired by our very own Blue Boy! See if you can spot his tribute to the iconic painting in this post by @rauschenbergfoundation 👀👆💙 #repost
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Here is “Mane” (1984), part of the “Salvage” series, in which Rauschenberg salvages and reuses autobiographical elements and techniques, often by silkscreening earlier photographs, like this reproduction of Thomas Gainsborough’s “The Blue Boy” (1770)
“The Blue Boy” was one of the first artworks Rauschenberg ever saw in a #museum , which made him realize he could be an artist. Rauschenberg discovered the oil painting during his visit to the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California in 1943, while stationed at a #Naval base nearby.
The @thehuntingtonlibrary has launched a year-long public conservation initiative to treat the 18th century #masterpiece , on view in the exhibition “Project Blue Boy,” through Sept 30, 2019. Visit the Huntington today to watch and learn about the high-tech analysis and treatment of “The Blue Boy”!
Artworks: Rauschenberg, “Mane (Salvage),” 1984;
Detail of Rauschenberg, "Mane (Salvage)" 1984