This is a painting from Andy Warhol. We can see the same picture only with different colors. Isn't that fascinating!
Campbell’s Soup Cans, by Andy Warhol, 1962
Andy Warhol painted a canvas series made of 32 paintings of the same identical mass production Can from the firm Campbell – the only thing that changes are the flowers or the actual product that is inside of the can such as: “Tomato”, “Pepper Pot”, “chicken”, “onion”.
Why does this series of artwork critizes society and what is behind it all?
I believe that Andy Warhol is criticising the mass consumerism society because this society is so focused and does everything what is in her power in order to gain money and be able to buy a product or even as many products as possible that are produced in massive quantities. All what counts is the quantity and not what is behind.
However, I find it also very interesting that he states this series of canvas as being an art work rather than just a replica of a normal good or an advertising of a product that you can buy everywhere because the meaning behind that piece of art is what matters here.
This set of Campbell Can soups represents how attached we are to consumer goods and the great value we attribute to them (even though they are just normal products of a company), but it also shows a totally different way of expressing art - stating that art can be anything as long as there is a meaning behind it; a concept.
I believe that the meaning behind this series is to show that soup cans are first just paintings and not actual soup cans – there is a difference but still whenever we see that painting we have to think about the soup cans that you can buy in every grocery store.
Maybe this artwork is in a sense even more humble and down to earth because it relates art with our everyday-life, with the present world and thus helps us to understand it better and to look how we (consumers) act by remembering that there is no feeling behind it – that we are just some other consumers.
Interestingly there is a question that comes to my mind while thinking about that series – is this series beautiful? Was it made to be beautiful or just to be? Because it all represents a cold product and does not show any “emotion” or ambience.
If art can be anything as long as it has a meaning or represents a concept, would that mean that art is dying because it can be anything and nothing at the same time.
What is the sense or the value of an original art painting /artwork if what really means is the concept behind it?
When buying a piece of art, what are you actually spending you money on? The concept or the actual painting and the time of the artist in order to do such a painting?