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

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  • Detail of Robert Rauschenbergs <em>Untitled</em> (ca. 1955) showing red paint beneath sweatshirt

    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, Tue Jan 05 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


In this photograph, taken from an oblique angle, red paint is visible behind the top edge of the sweatshirt fragment that covers the upper section of Untitled (ca. 1955). The fact that the sweatshirt lacks any hint of red—even in unpainted areas such as the ribbing at the neckline—suggests that it was not original to the Red Painting Rauschenberg painted over, but instead was added later, as part of the campaign to transform the work into a Combine painting.