Andy Warhol Campbell’s Soup Pop Art

Today I’m paying homage to the pop art of Andy Warhol.  Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art.

His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960’s.  After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became a renowned and sometimes controversial artist.  The Andy Warhol Museum in his native city Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, holds an extensive permanent collection of art and archives.  It is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist.

This year marks the 51st Anniversary of Andy Warhol’s 1962 iconic artwork 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans.  The paintings were silk screen and played a very important role in the emergence of the pop art genre.  Campbell’s soup was often the subject of his pieces as he was fond of it.

I wanted to show you the tribute cans Campbell’s have produced which I was delighted to find in my local Safeway/Woolworths supermarket the other day.

Which one do you like the best?

I’m going to display these cans on my bookcase but couldn’t help buy an extra one to open and sample.  I always liked Campbell’s tomato soup as a child.  It says on the can you can add a whole can of water or half water and half milk.  I went for the half water, half milk and thoroughly enjoyed it on a cold winter’s night here in Melbourne.  I followed this up with a heart warming dish of Farfalle with sausage, fennel and beans and one of GP’s Sweet Potato and Five Spice Muffins!

Hope you enjoyed my little tribute to Andy Warhol, ohh I must mention that he also coined the phrase “In the future everybody will be world famous for 15 minutes”.  Which feels kind of true with the emergence of reality television.

Catherine x

Sources:  Wikipedia and the Campbell’s soup can x


  1. noreen

    don't you love those soup cans?! i've not seen them at the grocery, but i've seen them in his art! they wake you up and make you think about what art really is.

    i still enjoy tomato soup, out of a can if need be. with cheese, please!

    happy new week, catherine! (ps. what temperature F is a cold winter night in australia? we're baking here – it will be

  2. Catherine Bedson

    @Noreen, it won't seem very cold to you but at night during winter it can range from 50F and below. I still enjoy tomato soup from a can occasionally as well Noreen.

    @cquek mine too!

    tina@colourliving We seem to be the only place that has them, don't worry I got a set of cans for you and will work out how to get them to you!

    @Leah That was my daughter

  3. mel

    Such a great thing for them to bring them back, such an iconic figure. But you got me with the soup – funny I used to love it as a child, brought up on it with a slice of buttered white bread but now, I don't know if I'd dare, I'd imagine it to be horrible! Childhood memories are flooding back:) Perhaps I'm wrong and it will still taste good.. Mel x

  4. tina @ colourliving

    OMG, just read your response… that is so nice of you.. I absolutely ADORE Warhol and the cans look amazing.

    I did phone Campbell Soup here in the UK and they were clueless:-(( anyway keep hold of them, we'll find a way.

    Thank you sooooo much xx

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