Artwork Detail

Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (ca. 1955) showing newspaper fragment

Part of Rauschenberg Research Project

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenbergs <em>Untitled</em> (ca. 1955) showing newspaper fragment

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, ca. 1955 (detail)

  • Early view of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (ca. 1955)

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (ca. 1955), photographed ca. 1958. Dorothy C. Miller Papers, I.15.1. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York; © The Museum of Modern Art / Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, New York

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (ca. 1955) showing newspaper fragment

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, ca. 1955 (detail)

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (ca. 1955, verso) showing box construction

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, ca. 1955 (verso)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (ca. 1955, verso) showing Rauschenberg studio registry number

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, ca. 1955 (detail of verso)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (ca. 1955) showing red pigment under the layer of gray paint

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, ca. 1955 (detail)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (ca. 1955, verso) showing pink fabric

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, ca. 1955 (detail of verso)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (ca. 1955) showing tide table

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, ca. 1955 (detail)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (ca. 1955) showing photo of men

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, ca. 1955 (detail)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (ca. 1955) showing red paint beneath sweatshirt

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, ca. 1955 (detail)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's Untitled (ca. 1955) showing collaged layers

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, ca. 1955 (detail)

  • Untitled

    Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, Fri Jan 01 00:00:00 PST 2010; oil, paper, fabric, and newspaper on canvas with string, nail, funnel, and wood, 31 1/2 in. x 25 1/8 in. x 9 in. (80.01 cm x 63.82 cm x 22.86 cm); Purchase through a gift of Phyllis Wattis; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY


This photograph of the lower left corner of Untitled (ca. 1955) shows a newspaper clipping that is partially obscured by gray paint. An image of a flooded bridge appears above fragments of a caption that reads: “Complete W” and “victim of rains, melting.” Before the paint was applied, the caption may have referred to a “Complete Washout” and “victim of rains, melting snow.” Rauschenberg often incorporated local newspapers in his work, usually not long after their publication. This newspaper clipping has not been identified, but the mention of melting indicates a spring flood. The New York metropolitan area and southern New England experienced significant spring flooding in 1956, but not in 1955, supporting a date of ca. 1955 for the artwork.