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October 13, 2011

The most famous soup art of all

Andy Warhol's Campell's Soup Cans, 1962. As famous as the soup itself.

Warhol worked off a product list supplied by Campbell's, and created an image for each of the 32 soups the company sold at that time. Originally the silkscreen paintings were displayed on a single long shelf, as in a grocery store, and there's no evidence that the artist envisioned them organized as they were below (chronologically), when shown at the Museum of Modern Art earlier this year.

(Click on the image to listen to the one-minute audio commentary on the MoMA web site.)

However, lots of anecdotal evidence suggests Warhol chose this subject because he loved soup and ate it every day. Though it's hard to know exactly what attracted him to soup cans, we do know that he had no business relationship with Campbell's.

Wouldn't it be fun to create our own versions of each of the 32 soups?

Not on canvas. On the stove.


Posted by: Shirley @ gfe | October 13, 2011 at 04:14 PM

Fun idea, Lydia! Sounds like it could be another of your many great series.

Posted by: Lydia | October 13, 2011 at 04:26 PM

Shirley, it would be fun. This was the first real piece of art that made an impression on me as a child, and I've always loved it.

Posted by: Kalyn | October 13, 2011 at 06:12 PM

I remember that so well, although I only saw the paintings in magazines.

It would be fun to re-create the soups. I bet we could easily make them better than the canned ones.

Posted by: Lydia | October 14, 2011 at 09:55 AM

Kalyn, it really would be fun to make all 32 soups. I'm going to think about that, and track down the list.

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  • I'm Lydia Walshin, a longtime food writer who lives and cooks in a real log house. If I could, I'd eat Chinese noodles, grapes, ice cream and soup every day.
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