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Andy Warhol, Old Fashioned Vegetable Soup from Campbell’s Soup II, 1969

Artist: Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
Title:Old Fashioned Vegetable Soup, Campbell’s Soup II
Reference:FS II.54
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 with a rubber stamp on verso. Each print is unique; published by Factory Additions, New York; printed by Salvatore Silkscreen Co., Inc., New York.
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-6835
Price on Request

Historical Description

Andy Warhol’s Old Fashioned Vegetable Soup, Campbell’s Soup, 1969 is a portrayal of a can of Campbell’s soup of the same flavor. The label’s use of red serif font for its text is both distinctive and evocative of the old-fashioned nature of the soup’s name. Warhol’s soup can is unassuming yet eye-catching, much like the cans they are based off of. Warhol’s Old Fashioned Vegetable Soup is a fantastic take on the iconic Campbell’s soup can that has become such a historic image.

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.” 

Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup II contains ten screenprints, each depicting a different flavor of the brand’s soup. This portfolio focuses on some of the more unusual types of soup that Campbell’s made, and the labels have idiosyncratic graphics added to the typical Campbell’s soup label. Added graphics such as banners and stylized text break up the uniformity of the soup cans, but Warhol’s interest in repetition is still foregrounded in this portfolio’s soup cans’ consistent coloring, and identical heights and widths.

Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s soup cans propelled him to fame. 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.

Drawing on the uniformity of the actual mass-produced object, each screenprint depicts a can of identical height and width, and with near-identical coloring.

Created in 1969, Andy Warhol’s Old Fashioned Vegetable 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.

Warhol’s earlier portfolio, Campbell’s Soup I, created in 1968, includes  Tomato Soup, Beef 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, Old Fashioned Vegetable Soup, from Campbell’s Soup II 1969 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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