Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup I complete portfolio is considered as the artist’s most iconic and widely recognized body of work. In this collection, Warhol takes the 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. This portfolio demonstrates aspects of Warhol’s works are evident throughout his career, such as image repetition and the semi-mechanized production process. Repetition is something that Warhol was constantly playing with, as he often repeated an image continuously until it was almost stripped of its meaning entirely.
Warhol continued to draw inspiration from the Campbell’s Soup cans by contorting and altering them in Campbell’s Soup II; however, it is the Campbell’s Soup I complete portfolio that remains the most sought after, as it offers an homage to the classic brand. The Campbell’s Soup I complete portfolio 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: 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.