Title: Campbell’s Soup I: Vegetable Made With Beef Stock (FS II.48)
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: Vegetable Made With Beef Stock 48
This iconic soup can features the Campbell’s Soup, Vegetable made with Beef Stock. This print is one of ten in his “Campbell’s Soup I” series following his first Campbell’s Soup cans portfolio created six years earlier. The cans are depicted in a very realistic manner because Warhol wanted them to be highly recognizable. Warhol had a fascination with consumer items and experimented with other familiar items throughout the 1960s, such as Coca-Cola bottles. Warhol uses simple color choices and dynamic graphic imagery, which connects back to his graphic designer and illustrator days.
Campbell’s Soup I: Vegetable Made With Beef Stock 48 AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK:
Prior to Warhol experimenting with soup cans, he had been playing around with silkscreens of comic strips, but when he heard that Roy Lichtenstein was doing the same thing, he decided he shouldn’t try to compete, and should try to do something different. The semi-mechanized process that Warhol employed to create his screenprints is something that he became known for, and can be seen within the artwork itself. He continued to play with the Campbell’s Soup cans, altering and contorting them. However, the most sought after soup cans remain these classic pieces, which continue to bring new collectors into the market.