Continental Splash is a representation of an everyday urban scene found in magazines and newspapers that has been done in silkscreen on an aluminum steel plate. This work is from the Urban Bourbon Series, experimental pieces that portray images on metal plates.
Robert Rauschenberg was born in Texas in 1925. After studying at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1946, he subsequently continued his studies at the Academie Julian in Paris. He divorced himself from abstract expressionist painting in 1953 with a series of works he referred to as “Combines” in which he collaged objects with roughly applied colors. He had been a key figure in Pop Art due to his unique expressive method in which he created images on aluminum and metal plates.