Title: Campbell’s Soup I: Cream of Mushroom (FS II.53)
Medium: Portfolio of Ten Screenprints on Paper
Size: 35” x 23”
Edition: 250 signed in ballpoint pen and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso.
Campbell’s Soup I: Cream of Mushroom 53
Campbell’s Soup I: Cream of Mushroom 53 comes from Warhol’s portfolio entitled “Campbell’s Soup I” which is made up of ten different prints. The print has very dynamic graphic imagery as well as simple color choices, which connect back to Warhol’s past as a graphic designer and illustrator. The use of a commonly consumed item is something that Warhol was very interested in. He was fascinated by consumer goods, and experimented with them throughout the 1960s. The first time Warhol played around with Campbell’s soup cans was six years earlier, when he showed 32 canvases at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles.
Campbell’s Soup I: Cream of Mushroom 53 AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK:
With Campbell’s Soup I: Cream of Mushroom 53 and the rest of the Campbell’s Soup portfolio, we can start to see aspects of Warhol’s works that he continues to use throughout his career, such as repetition and the semi-mechanized production process. Repetition was something that Warhol was constantly playing with, he liked how by repeating an image over and over again, it was stripped of its meaning and all you were left with was the image itself. Warhol continued to play with the Campbell’s Soup cans by contorting and altering them, but these classic ones remain the most sought after.