Blueprints (1949–51)

In 1949, the artist Susan Weil introduced Rauschenberg to the method of exposing blueprint paper at her family home in Outer Island, Connecticut. Weil and Rauschenberg worked together on a series of blueprint works through 1951, exposing the paper to light and using objects and human subjects to make impressions. The works were featured in a 1951 article in Life magazine. Miniature versions would be used by Rauschenberg in the Combines. The blueprints were not conceived of as a series by the artist.

Robert Rauschenberg, Sue, ca.1949
Female Figure
Untitled by Robert Rauschenberg and Susan Weil
Untitled [double Rauschenberg]
Light Borne in Darkness
Light Borne in Darkness