Rooster with Coca Cola Bottle (1960)
About this artwork
In the early 1960s Warhol sought to move from doing commercial illustrations to the world of fine art. His drawings from this time begin to include branded products, presented them in pared-down simplicity – symbols of a prosperous society. This drawing depicts a Coca-Cola bottle, which he went on to paint in 1962 and would feature in many of his screenprints, juxtaposed with a cockerel, its head tilted back and its beak open mid-call. This image, although not as recognisable as the Cola bottle, perhaps represents another commercial product - Kellogg’s Corn Flakes (whose logo is a cockerel). Like the Coca-Cola, this brand later featured in his Pop Art in the recreation of its cardboard packaging alongside the more famous ‘Brillo Boxes’.
- title: Rooster with Coca Cola Bottle
- accession number: AR00276
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- date created: 1960
- measurements: 41.80 x 34.80 cm
- credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
- copyright: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2016.
Andy Warhol was born 'Andrew Warhola' to Slovakian immigrant parents living in Pittsburgh in America. Warhol's subject matter was taken from popular culture, in the form of advertising, comics, magazines and packaging. He was able to produce his works quickly by transferring images onto canvas or paper through photography and screenprinting, sometimes with the help of assistants. Warhol stated that he wanted to make works that showed no trace of having been produced by hand. His interest in mass production reflected the fast-developing consumer culture he recognised in America. His New York studio, 'The Factory,' became a popular meeting place for artists, drop-outs, celebrities and bands.