Title: Campbell’s Soup I: Pepper Pot Soup (FS II.51)
Medium: Screenprint on paper.
Size: 35″ x 23″
Edition: 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.
Campbells Soup Pepper Pot Soup 51
The image of his silk-screened soup can has indeed become an enduring Pop art emblem, and was key in triggering Warhol’s rapid ascent to fame in the early 1960s as the ultimate art world provocateur. Painted in 1962, Campbells Soup Pepper Pot Soup 51 is an important early example of Warhol’s devotion to this subject. The painting has been maintained in exceptional condition since George S. Rosenthal purchased the work from Irving Blum’s Ferus Gallery soon after Warhol sensationally debuted there.
Campbells Soup Pepper Pot Soup 51 as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work
Warhol’s collection of Campbell’s soup cans is arguably his most iconic and widely recognized series of artwork. In this collection, Warhol takes the ever-present American pantry staple and transforms it into high art. Warhol, originally a commercial graphic artist, found the imagery of the Campbell’s soup label a powerful visual tool, since the design had remained successfully unchanged for decades. Some of the most famous and recognizable images in art history, the Soup Cans by Andy Warhol helped to usher in the Pop Art movement that endures today, renewed and rediscovered by artists such as Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons.