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Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's White Painting [three panel] (side view) showing evidence of repainting

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  • Detail of Robert Rauschenbergs <em>White Painting</em> [three panel] (side view) showing evidence of repainting

    Robert Rauschenberg, White Painting [three panel], 1951 (detail of side)

  • Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg's White Painting [three panel] in the artist's studio, 1991

    Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg’s White Painting [three panel] (1951) in the artist’s Lafayette Street studio, New York. Photo: Dorothy Zeidman, 1991, courtesy the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's White Painting [three panel] showing texture of painted surface

    Robert Rauschenberg, White Painting [three panel], 1951 (detail)

  • View of Robert Rauschenberg's White Painting [three panel] (verso) showing raw canvas and inscriptions

    Robert Rauschenberg White Painting [three panel], 1951 (verso)

  • Details of Robert Rauschenberg's White Painting [three panel] (verso) showing signature and inscriptions

    Composite of four details showing Robert Rauschenberg’s signatures and inscriptions on the tacking of White Painting [three panel] (1951)

  • Detail of Robert Rauschenberg's White Painting [three panel] (side view) showing evidence of repainting

    Robert Rauschenberg, White Painting [three panel], 1951 (detail of side)

  • Details of Robert Rauschenberg's White Painting [three panel] (verso) showing the artist's thumbprints

    Composite of three details showing Robert Rauschenberg’s thumbprints on the verso of White Painting [three panel] (1951)

  • Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg's White Painting [three panel], SFMOMA, 2008

    Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg’s White Painting [three panel] (1951) in the SFMOMA exhibition The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now (November 8, 2008–February 8, 2009). Henning Lohner and Van Carlson’s 4’33” in Berlin (with John Cage), raw material video pictures catalogue number 001 (1990) is on the monitor at left, and a performance of John Cage’s 4’33” is taking place in the foreground. Pictured artworks: © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; © Henning Lohner and Van Carlson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

  • Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg's White Painting [three panel], SFMOMA, 2008

    Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg’s White Painting [three panel] (1951) in the SFMOMA permanent collection presentation Matisse and Beyond, 2008. Pictured artworks: © Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; © Jim Hodges; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

  • White Painting [three panel]

    Robert Rauschenberg, White Painting [three panel], Mon Jan 02 00:00:00 PST 2012; latex paint on canvas, 72 in. x 108 in. (182.88 cm x 274.32 cm); Purchase through a gift of Phyllis Wattis; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; photo: Ben Blackwell


This side view of the first panel of White Painting [three panel] shows a ridge of paint that was left behind when the work was repainted. This slight build-up was created when the latex paint was pushed over the edge of the canvas with a brush, and it suggests that the panel was lying flat when the repainting took place. For further discussion of the work’s history of repainting, see the essay on White Painting [three panel].