Title: Campbell’s Soup I: Green Pea (FS II.50)
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: Green Pea 50
This image of the Green Pea soup can is one of ten in Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup I” portfolio. These classic images of the Campbell’s Soup cans are some of Warhol’s most iconic works. His use of black and white, and the strong red creates dynamic graphic imagery, which harks back to his graphic designer days, and creates a very eye-catching piece. Warhol’s use of consumer items is nothing new, he was fascinated by consumer goods, and experimented with them throughout the 1960s. This is not the first time Warhol produced the soup cans, they were first exhibited six years earlier, as 32 canvases at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles.
Campbell’s Soup I: Green Pea 50 AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK:
It is with this series that you can really start to see Warhol’s process start to evolve. He was really starting to perfect the semi-mechanized processes he is most famous for. Warhol also continues with the idea of repetition and how it can remove meaning from the object or whatever else is being depicted. Warhol continued to experiment with the soup cans, by altering them and contorting them. But these classic soup cans remain the most sought after of any soup cans, even bringing in new collectors.