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Andy Warhol, Consommé Soup, from the Campbell's Soup I Portfolio, 1968

Artist: Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
Title:Consomme, from the Campbell's Soup I Portfolio, 1968
Reference:FS II.52
Series:Campbell's Soup, 1968
Medium:Color Screenprint on Paper
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 with a rubber stamp on verso.
Signature:This work is hand signed by Andy Warhol (Pennsylvania, 1928 - New York, 1987) in ink on verso.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-6503

Historical Description

Andy Warhol Consommé Soup, from the Campbell’s Soup I Portfolio, 1968 remains one of the most influential works of art since its creation. The brilliant image reimagines the soup can using graphic lines and animated colors, framing the object as extraordinary. Warhol’s Consommé Soup is lively and lighthearted in its approach. This work, and the rest of the Campbell’s Soup I portfolio, has a lasting impact on art today.

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 1986, Consommé Soup, from the Campbell’s Soup I Portfolio is a color screenprint on Lenox Museum Board 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 and his later portfolio, Campbell’s Soup II, include Tomato Soup, Beef Soup, Onion Soup, Cream of Mushroom, Pepper Pot, Black Bean, Green Pea, Chicken Noodle, Vegetable Made with Beef Stock.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Andy Warhol Consommé Soup, from the Campbell's Soup I Portfolio, 1968 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, F. and Schellmann, J. Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné 1962 – 1987, 4th Ed. New York: Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.: 2003. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. II. 52.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Andy Warhol Consommé Soup, from the Campbell's Soup I Portfolio, 1968 is presented in a complementary moulding and optical grade Plexiglas.

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