Robert Rauschenberg | Windward | 1963
Oil on serigraphy on canvas (244 x 178 cm). Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel
Photo: Cantz Medienmanagement, Ostfildern
Art © Estate of Robert Rauschenberg / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Robert Rauschenberg's Windward was a favorite of Emily Hall Tremaine's, hanging over the fireplace of the family's barn in Madison, CT. She was drawn to its positive images of freedom, including the American bald eagle, the Statue of Liberty, and an Ecumenical Council meeting in the Sistine Chapel. The collaged canvas, covered with drips of paint and dry brushstrokes, takes inspiration from the gritty facades of the buildings in Lower Manhattan where Rauschenberg lived in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Emblematic of the ordered chaos of New York City life, employing an ordered chaos akin to downtown life, the collaged images grid format contrasts with the free brushstrokes and proliferation of scenes.