Andy Warhol’s pieces in the Campbell’s Soup II complete portfolio ushered in the Pop Art movement and remain some of his most recognizable works. The idea of using an object of mass consumption is something that Warhol played with throughout his career, as he was known to be fascinated by everyday objects and their role in American society. In 1962, Andy Warhol first exhibited 32 Campbell’s Soup can paintings at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles. The paintings were displayed as though they were on an aisle of a grocery store. Following the exhibition, Warhol created two additional series based on the soup cans Campbell’s Soup I (1968) and Campbell’s Soup II (1969).
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. The Campbell’s Soup II complete portfolio was printed in 1969 by Salvatore Silkscreen Co., Inc., New York. Part of a portfolio of ten screenprints on paper, included in this suite are: FS II.54 to FS II.63. The Campbell’s Soup II complete portfolio consists of the following works: Old Fashioned Vegetable Soup,Scotch Broth Soup, Vegetarian Vegetable Soup, New England Clam Chowder Soup, Chicken ‘N Dumplings Soup, Hot Dog Bean Soup, Oyster Stew Soup, Tomato-Beef Noodle Soup, Golden Mushroom Soup, and Cheddar Cheese Soup.