Andy Warhol, ‘Campbell’s Soup I: Onion Made With Beef Stock (FS II.47)’, 1968, Revolver Gallery

The Onion (made with beef stock) soup can is part of Warhol’s portfolio entitled “Campbell’s Soup I” which was his first soup can print portfolio. This portfolio came six years after Warhol introduced the world to his soup cans when he exhibited them at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles. The iconic label of the Campbell’s Soup can is not altered in any way which makes the image that much more powerful. The only difference between the different prints within the portfolio is that they each represent a different flavor of soup. All of which were very popular during the time.

Warhol utilized the idea of repetition many times throughout his career because he liked to take meaning away from the images he was representing. By using objects of mass consumption or images of tragedy or celebrity, he would break them down and take them out of context. This was important because most of the time these were images that people had seen before because Warhol had taken them from other media sources. Warhol continued to play with the soup can imagery, contorting and altering the shape of the can. But it is the classic soup can, like this one, which remains the most sought after, and continues to bring more collectors into the market.

Series: Campbell’s Soup I

Signature: Edition of 250 signed in ball-point pen and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso; some dated. There are 26 AP signed and lettered A – Z in ball-point pen on verso.

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States