Campbell’s Soup II: Oyster Stew 60 by Andy Warhol is one of ten prints from his Campbell’s Soup II portfolio. In this collection, Warhol takes the ever-present American pantry staple and transforms it into high art simply by exactly mimicking the can’s label. The second portfolio contains ten of the more unusual flavors from the original 32 that Warhol created in 1962, which were all real flavors of Campbell’s soup cans. These ten prints are slightly more unique than those in the first print portfolio because they are more unusual flavors and have added graphics on their labels.
Campbell’s Soup II: Oyster Stew 60 by Andy Warhol as Part of His Larger Body of Work
Warhol’s collection of prints representing Campbell’s soup cans is arguably his most iconic and widely recognized series of artwork. The Campbell’s Soup portfolios represent many themes that Warhol continues to work with throughout his career; one of the themes includes the powerful role that mass consumption plays on postwar society. The semi-mechanized process he used to create his works is something that is characterized with Warhol. This series helped to usher in the Pop Art movement that endures today, renewed and rediscovered by artists such as Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons.