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Andy Warhol, Beef Soup, Campbell’s Soup I

Artist: Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
Title:Beef Soup, Campbell’s Soup I
Reference:FS IIB.49
Series:Campbell's Soup, 1968
Medium:Color Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board
Image:35 in x 23 in (88.9 cm x 58.4 cm)
Sheet:35 in x 23 in (88.9 cm x 58.4 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 250.
Signature:This work is hand signed by Andy Warhol (Pennsylvania, 1928 – New York, 1987) in ballpoint pen on verso.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-6832

Historical Description

Andy Warhol’s Beef Soup, Campbell’s Soup, 1968 is one of the most highly regarded works of art created by Warhol. The can’s depiction is unpretentious and uncomplicated; the sharp lines and distinct red and white colors are incredibly dynamic. It is a remarkable representation of a familiar object, making the common into something remarkable. Perhaps the most well-known of Warhol’s works, his Campbell’s soup cans are some of the most influential artworks ever created.

The Campbell’s brand was, and still is, a household name. Warhol is known for his fascination with consumer culture; these works evoke the brand’s advertisements. Warhol also had a more personal connection to the subject. He once stated “I used to drink it. I used to have the same lunch every day, for 20 years…the same thing over and over again.”

This portfolio also reveals the theme of repetition in Warhol’s works. Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup I contains ten screenprints, each depicting a different flavor of the brand’s soup. On first glance, the series is comprised of unvarying images. Drawing on the uniformity of the actual mass-produced object, each screenprint depicts a can of identical height and width, and with identical coloring.

Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s soup cans propelled him to fame. This portfolio, made in 1968, was actually Warhol’s second take on the famous Campbell’s soup can idea. The first series of soup cans was made in 1962 and was painted by hand. Switching to screenprinting for this 1968 portfolio allowed Warhol to make each work more consistent, further mimicking the actual cans of soup they were modeled after.

Created in 1968, Andy Warhol’s Beef Soup, Campbell’s Soup is a color screenprint on Lenox Museum Board and is hand signed in ballpoint pen on verso. It is a unique work of an edition of 250, published by Factory Additions, New York and printed by Salvatore Silkscreen Co., Inc., New York.

This screenprint is part of a portfolio of works Warhol created in 1968 titled Campbell’s Soup I. Other works in the Campbell’s Soup I Portfolio include Tomato Soup, Onion Soup, Consomme (Beef), Cream of Mushroom, Pepper Pot, Black Bean, Green Pea, Chicken Noodle, Vegetable Made with Beef Stock.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Andy Warhol, Beef Soup, from Campbell’s Soup I 1986 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).

1. Feldman, Frayda and Jörg Schellmann. Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné 1962 – 1987, 4th Ed. New York: Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., 2003.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, artist name title, year is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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