Campbell’s Soup Cans by Andy Warhol, Painted in 1962

Artist: Andy Warhol
Movement: Pop Art
Name:  Campbell’s Soup Cans, 1962
Location: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City. Painting and Sculpture I, Lobby, Floor 5

Campbell’s Soup Cans by Andy Warhol

Many people look at Campbell’s Soup Cans by Andy Warhol and ask themselves, “How is this art?” Well, the reason this kind of work is considered art is because it actually changed the way that we look at art.

At first glance, Campbell’s Soup Cans appears to be nothing more than a cheap advertisement from the 1960s, much like the advertisement art you might see in an episode of Mad Men. The colors are dull and the painting itself carries little to no technical skill, but there is more to the painting than meets the eye. The Campbell’s Soup Cans painting carries historical significance and represents what was happening in America during the 60s. America had become an industrial culture in which products, machinery, and food were being mass-produced, and it seemed that everything was a commodity.

Andy Warhol wanted to acknowledge this phenomenon in his art. He wanted us not to focus on the composition of his work, but rather the idea behind it. The idea here is that the mundane, like a can of soup, matters. In addition, the use of repetitive imagery and mechanical processes creates an illusion that art can be mass produced and consumed by everyone.

So, next time you look at The Campbell’s Soup Cans by Andy Warhol, look beyond the basic composition, because this painting changed the way we look at art and made us see the world from a different vantage point.

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