Campbell’s Soup II: Scotch Broth 55 by Andy Warhol is one of ten prints from the 1969 Campbell’s Soup II portfolio. These new prints featured the more uncommon flavors the brand created. This collection, which expands on his Campbell’s portfolio from 1968, came six years after his original 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans. Warhol’s signature pop-art soup cans took the art world by storm. The work exhibits his signature design techniques and philosophy of consumerism, advertisement, and mechanical production. Additionally, the Campbell’s Soup II portfolio ranks amongst Warhol’s top 10 most valuable portfolios of all time.
Although Warhol’s 1969 portfolio still presents the same familiar red and white design, Campbell’s Soup II showcases ten additional Campbell’s Soup cans, each of which are a different flavor. This new collection of prints has the same trademark design, but with the addition of new graphics. In place of the traditional Campbell’s golden seal, the label on Scotch Broth 55 reads: “one of the Manhandlers: Scotch Broth (a hearty soup).” This unique design fits well into Warhol’s already existing portfolios, with its traditional design style and repetitive appearance.
Other works from this series include New England Clam Chowder 57, Hot Dog Bean 59, and Chicken N’ Dumplings 58. These unusual soups which Warhol included in his second series are all real flavors of Campbell’s Soup. Each soup can has its own unique label illustrations.
The Campbell’s Soup Can is one of the most iconic pop art images of the century, serving as a symbol of consumer culture and advertising. To create this famous design, Warhol appropriated an ordinary object and transformed it into a work of fine art. Warhol wanted to draw artistic attention to common items, which greatly fascinated him. With his Campbell’s Soup Cans, Warhol challenged ideas of what could be deemed socially and artistically acceptable.
Although the Campbell’s Soup cans are arguably some of his most notable works, Warhol’s first series, 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans, received quite a bit of controversy when first shown in 1962. The commercial subject matter confused many artists and critiques, who ridiculed Warhol for the series.
Due to the unfamiliar subject matter of Warhol’s Soup Cans, some people questioned the significance of his work. 59 years after their debut, people still may debate the value of Warhol’s soup cans. So, why did Andy Warhol choose to create these Campbell’s Soup cans?
Not only did Warhol have a clear fascination with consumerism, but he also expressed his personal connection to the company. “I used to drink it [Campbell’s Soup]. I used to have the same lunch every day, for twenty years, I guess, the same thing over and over again”. Warhol simply loved soup, specifically Campbell’s, therefore he found it appropriate to pay homage to the brand.
Campbell’s Soup II: Scotch Broth 55 soon became a quintessential item of Pop-art history. The soups kickstarted the new art movement, and became icons of the art world. Still to this day, Warhol’s soup cans rule the pop-art world, and are extremely significant pieces of modern art history.