This remarkable work was created in collaboration with Rauschenberg’s wife at the time, Susan Weil. It belongs to a group of blueprints the pair produced together in around 1950, using photography techniques to create imprints on blueprint paper. The method is typical of Rauschenberg’s improvised and experimental approach to making art, something he pursued throughout his six-decade long career.
Untitled (double Rauschenberg)
209.6 x 92.1 cm
Date of work
Original: Original: Monoprint: exposed blueprint paper 209.6 x 92.1 cm Private Collection © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/DACS
One of the most influential figures of twentieth-century art, Robert Rauschenberg was a pioneering artist who ultimately challenged perceptions of what art could be. Born in Texas in 1925 he later moved to New York, where he created many of his best-known works. Endlessly curious and inventive, his work ranged from painting and sculpture to performance and dance. His refusal to accept existing boundaries of what was considered art led him to continually experiment with new techniques, from innovative printing methods to incorporating found objects and detritus in his works. This radical approach prefigured pop art and inspired generations of conceptual artists in the decades that followed.