Title: Campbell’s Soup I: Tomato Soup (FS 11.46)
Medium: Screenprint 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: Tomato Soup 46
The Tomato soup can is probably the most recognizable out of all Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup cans. Tomato soup was the first soup released by Campbell’s and continues to be a popular flavor today. Warhol loves to take everyday consumer goods and turn them into high art. It was with these soup cans that Warhol started to become a household name. The tomato soup can was also the first one that Warhol started to play with when he got the idea to work with Campbell’s soup, so it always held a special place for him.
Campbell’s Soup I: Tomato Soup 46 AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK:
The subject of Campbell’s Soup cans was one that Warhol experimented with at different times of his career. These images are some of the most iconic of all of Warhol’s works. Warhol believed that by repeating an image over and over, whether it be an every day object, or an image of tragedy, it looses its meaning and only the graphic image remains. At first when looking at all of the Campbell’s Soup prints together you may not notice that each one has a different flavor, its only after closer examination that the individual titles stand out. The semi-mechanized process he used to create these prints is also what Warhol became known for.