The inspiration for Andy Warhol’s iconic piece came from a friend who told Warhol that he should paint something that everyone recognized, like Campbell’s soups. Warhol, who consumed Campbell’s soups for lunch for over 20 years, did just that. He used a silkscreen to print the identical cans and then hand-painted each of the 32 flavors that Campbell’s offered at the time.
His graphic prints were shown at Ferus Gallery in LA on July 9, 1962. The prints were displayed on shelves running the length of the gallery. The piece caused quite a stir in the art community. In fact, a nearby art dealer displayed a stack of soup cans, announcing that you could get them cheaper at his gallery.
This iconic pop art installation was originally sold for $3,000 to the art dealer Irving Blum. Today, his 32 soup cans are on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
I don’t know about you, but I’ll be celebrating this historical day with soup. Campbell’s soup.