Being an artist:
Rauschenberg erased De Kooning. The artwork became a classic almost instantly.
I've always been struck with the simplicity and elegance of this artwork. Period.
When I listen to Rauschenberg tell how the work came about, I appreciate even more the strange competitive dynamic between many artists, even among the 'Masters'. I love that Rauschenberg talked plainly of it and dealt with it for himself head on.
Hear him tell the story in the video below.