Campbell's Soup Box (1985)
About this artwork
In the 1980s Warhol began to accept commissions for advertising work from a range of sources. Many critics noted that he had essentially gone full-circle, returning to where he had started in the 1950s as a commercial illustrator. Yet Warhol maintained that he “was always a commercial artist”. Due to “his overwhelming identification with the can” in 1985 he was commissioned by Campbell’s Soup to create a series of paintings of their dry-mix soups. This work displays a chicken noodle package, created by combining a photographic print with hand-drawn printed con tours. When Warhol produced the original Campbell’s paintings in the 1960s they were considered outrageous – twenty years later they appear almost as ordinary as the product they represent.
- title: Campbell's Soup Box
- accession number: AR00458
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Lithograph on paper
- date created: 1985
- measurements: 78.40 x 55.80 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.