Silkscreen Paintings (1962–64)
In 1962 Rauschenberg began making paintings that combined gestural brushwork with silkscreened imagery. His 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 the 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 and in some works he experimented with collage. The silkscreen paintings were not conceived of as a series by the artist.