Andy Warhol

Campbell's Soup Box

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.

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  • artist:
    Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
  • title:
    Campbell's Soup Box
  • date created:
    1985
  • materials:
    Lithograph on paper
  • measurements:
    78.40 x 55.80 cm
  • object type:
  • 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
  • accession number:
    AR00458
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol