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A Rainbow Tree
  • Rockne Krebs
    1938–2011
    born: Kansas City, Missouri, United States ; died: Washington, DC, United States
  • A Rainbow Tree, 1970
  • Where object was made: United States
  • color lithograph
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 431.8 x 558.8 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 17 x 22 in
    Mat Dimensions: 24 x 32 in
  • Museum purchase: National Endowment for the Arts and Friends of the Museum
  • Not on display
  • 1972.0074
Label Text
Exhibitions

Exhibition Label:
"Rockne Krebs: Drawings for Sculpture You Can Walk Through," Aug-2013, Steve Goddard
Jay Belloli, a gallery director and friend of Krebs’, explained the artist’s series of drawings of “Rainbow Trees”: In this group of works Krebs explores the idea of creating a spectrum above a single tree through a system of sprayed water, representing the expected effect with richly worked areas of color. These works on paper also include an expanded amount of notetaking, revealing a desire on Krebs’ part to investigate an increasing number of each project’s possibilities.”
Krebs’ artist friend Sam Gilliam commented, “When Robert Rauschenberg saw the 'Rainbow Tree,' he actually cried. He said, ‘That's something I wish I had done.’”