Title: Campbell’s Soup I, Full Suite
Medium: Screenprint on Paper.
Size: 35″ x 23″
Details: Edition of 250. Signed and numbered in ball point pen and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso. There are 26 AP signed and lettered A-Z in ball-point pen on verso. Portfolio of 10.
CAMPBELL’S SOUP I FULL SUITE AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK
The Campbell’s Soup I full suite was printed in 1968 by Salvatore Silkscreen Co., Inc., New York. Part of a portfolio of ten screenprints on paper, included in this suite are: FS II.44 to FS II.53.
Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup I full suite is considered his most iconic and widely recognized body of work. In this collection, Warhol takes the ever-present American pantry staple and transforms it into high art. Warhol, originally a commercial illustrator, found the imagery of the Campbell’s Soup label a powerful visual tool, since the design had remained successfully unchanged for decades. The soup cans that are featured in this series are the following: Black Bean Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, Tomato Soup, Onion Soup, Vegetable Soup, Beef Soup, Green Pea Soup, Pepper Pot Soup, Consomme Soup, and Cream of Mushroom Soup.
With this portfolio one 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 often repeated an image repeatedly it was stripped of its meaning and all one is left with was the image itself. Warhol continued to draw inspiration from the Campbell’s Soup cans by contorting and altering them, however it is the Campbell’s Soup I full suite that remain the most sought after, as it offers a ‘classic’ soup homage.