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View of Robert Rauschenberg's Erased de Kooning Drawing (verso, unframed)

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  • View of Robert Rauschenbergs <em>Erased de Kooning Drawing</em> (verso, unframed)

    View of Robert Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning Drawing (verso, unframed) showing an untitled drawing by Willem de Kooning (ca. 1953). Graphite on paper, 16 1/2 x 14 1/8 in. (41.9 x 35.9 cm). Collection SFMOMA, purchase through a gift of Phyllis Wattis; © The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

  • Robert Rauschenberg at his Front Street studio with Erased de Kooning Drawing

    Robert Rauschenberg at his Front Street studio with Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953). Photo: Fred W. McDarrah, 1961; © Fred W. McDarrah / Getty Images

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Erased de Kooning Drawing (verso, unframed)

    View of Robert Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning Drawing (verso, unframed) showing an untitled drawing by Willem de Kooning (ca. 1953). Graphite on paper, 16 1/2 x 14 1/8 in. (41.9 x 35.9 cm). Collection SFMOMA, purchase through a gift of Phyllis Wattis; © The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Erased de Kooning Drawing showing inscription

    Detail of Robert Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953) showing the inscription made by Jasper Johns

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Erased de Kooning Drawing (verso, framed) showing labels and inscription

    Robert Rauschenberg, Erased de Kooning Drawing, 1953 (verso, framed)

  • Unprocessed infrared scan of Robert Rauschenberg's Erased de Kooning Drawing

    Unprocessed infrared scan of Robert Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953) showing traces of the original drawing by Willem de Kooning. Infrared scan: Robin D. Myers, 2010

  • Digitally enhanced infrared scan of Robert Rauschenberg's Erased de Kooning Drawing

    Digitally enhanced infrared scan of Robert Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953) showing traces of the original drawing by Willem de Kooning. Visible light scan: Ben Blackwell, 2010; Infrared scan and processing: Robin D. Myers, 2010

  • Erased de Kooning Drawing

    Robert Rauschenberg, Erased de Kooning Drawing, Wed Aug 01 00:00:00 PDT 2007; traces of drawing media on paper with label and gilded frame, 25 1/4 in. x 21 3/4 in. x 1/2 in. (64.14 cm x 55.25 cm x 1.27 cm); Purchase through a gift of Phyllis Wattis; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; photo: Ben Blackwell


In 1988, Erased de Kooning Drawing underwent a conservation treatment to remove the backing board that Rauschenberg likely applied to strengthen the paper prior to beginning the erasure. The removal of the board revealed this faint graphite sketch of a female figure by Willem de Kooning (1904–1997) on the back of the sheet.