Campbell’s Soup Cans, Andy Warhol, 1962

These were all the soups that Campbell made in 1962. (This image is a compilation of 32 separate art works by Warhol.)

I grew up with these. I liked many of them but I had a favorite. Did you? (Click to enlarge.)

Campbell’s Soup Cans, Andy Warhol, 1962, Museum of Mocern Art, New York

When asked why he chose to paint Campbell’s soup cans, Warhol offered a deadpan reply: “I used to have the same lunch every day, for twenty years, I guess, the same thing over and over again.” That daily meal is the subject of this work consisting of thirty-two canvases—one for each of the flavors then sold by Campbell’s—using a combination of projection, tracing, painting, and stamping. Repeating the nearly identical image, the canvases at once stress the uniformity and ubiquity of the product’s packaging and subvert the idea of painting as a medium of invention and originality.

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