Andy Warhol

Campbell’s Soup Box 1985

1985

Medium
Lithograph on paper
Dimensions
Support: 784 x 558 mm
frame: 850 x 626 x 38 mm
Acquisition
ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Reference
AR00458

Online caption

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.