Silkscreen Paintings (1962–64)

Rauschenberg began silkscreening paintings in 1962, after visiting Andy Warhol’s studio and seeing Warhol’s recent paintings made with the process. Rauschenberg’s image sources included National Geographic, Life, Esquire, Boxing and Wrestling, and newspapers, as well as his own photographs. To create these works, Rauschenberg sent photographic images to Aetna Silk Screen Products, New York, with instructions regarding dimensions and number of screens needed. He made approximately fifty screens, reused for numerous artworks, between October 1962 and June 1964. In 1963 Rauschenberg transitioned from predominantly black-and-white to a bright color palette. Rauschenberg completed these works through gestural application of oil paint. In some works, he experimented with collage, such as his use of a deflated inner tube in Tadpole (1963). The silkscreen paintings were not conceived of as a series by the artist.

Barge by Robert Rauschenberg, 1962–63
Barge
Cove by Robert Rauschenberg, 1963
Cove
Collage with Horses, Dancers, and Astronaut
Express
Scanning, 1963
Scanning
Archive, 1963 by Robert Rauschenberg
Archive
Rauschenberg Colorful Collage
Estate
Robert Rauschenberg Tideline 2013 Poster
Tideline
Stop Gap 1963
Stop Gap
"Retroactive I" - 1963
Retroactive I
Retroactive II
Rauschenberg Collage Stops Signs and Birds
Overdrive
Rauschenberg_Kite_1963
Kite
Rauschenberg_Tracer_1963
Tracer
Robert Rauschenberg Persimmon 1964
Persimmon
Robert Rauschenberg Skyway 1964
Skyway
Rauschenberg_Flush_1964
Flush