Title: Campbell’s Soup I: Black Bean (FS II.44)
Medium: Portfolio of ten screenprints on paper
Size: 35” x 23”
Edition:Edition of 250 signed in ball-point pen and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso; some dated. There are 26 AP signed and lettered A – Z in ball-point pen on verso.
Campbell’s Soup I: Black Bean 44
The Black Bean soup can is part of Warhol’s first Campbell’s Soup portfolios. This iconic portfolio features the easily recognizable Campbell’s soup label, and ten different varieties of soup. The first series featured the standard soups. Throughout the 1960s, Warhol depicted familiar consumer items including Coca-Cola bottles. These prints are extremely dynamic with their very graphic imagery and simple color choices, the red stripe of the label being the main color of the image.
Campbell’s Soup I: Black Bean 44 AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK:
One of Warhol’s most iconic portfolios, the Campbell’s Soup I cans, are recognizable by even the most uneducated Warhol fans. Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup cans first made their appearance six years earlier when he produced thirty-two canvases each with a different variety of soup. The semi-mechanized process he used to create his works is something that is characterized with Warhol. He did many different variations of the Campbell’s Soup cans, contorting them and altering their shape, but it is the classic ones that remain the most sought after and continue to bring in new collectors.