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Title: Andy Warhol – Pepper Pot – Campbell’s Soup I (F&S II.51)
Medium: Screenprint in colors on wove paper.
Edition: Signed in black ball-point pen and numbered 121/250 with rubber stamp.
Size: 31 3/4 x 18 3/4 inches. Sheet – 35 x 23 inches
The image of his silk-screened soup can has indeed become an enduring Pop art emblem, and was key in triggering Warhol’s rapid ascent to fame in the early 1960s as the ultimate art world provocateur. Painted in 1962, Campbell’s Soup Can (Pepper Pot) is an important early example of Warhol’s devotion to this subject. The painting has been maintained in exceptional condition since George S. Rosenthal purchased the work from Irving Blum’s Ferus Gallery soon after Warhol sensationally debuted there.
Warhol’s collection of Campbell’s soup cans is arguably his most iconic and widely recognized series of artwork. In this collection, Warhol takes the ever-present American pantry staple and transforms it into high art. Warhol, originally a commercial graphic artist, found the imagery of the Campbell’s soup label a powerful visual tool, since the design had remained successfully unchanged for decades.
Estimate: $20,000 – $40,000
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