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100 Cans

Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987). 100 Cans, 1962. Casein, spray paint, and pencil on cotton, 72 x 52 inches (182.9 x 132.1 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1963 (K1963:26). © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Campbell's trademarks used with permission of Campbell Soup Company

© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Campbell's trademarks used with permission of Campbell Soup Company

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100 Cans

© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Campbell's trademarks used with permission of Campbell Soup Company

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Andy Warhol

American, 1928-1987

100 Cans, 1962

casein, spray paint, and pencil on cotton

support: 72 x 52 inches (182.88 x 132.08 cm); framed with plexi cap: 78 1/8 x 58 3/4 x 4 3/8 inches (198.44 x 149.23 x 11.11 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1963

K1963:26

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Inscriptions

object text / Campbell's / CONDENSED / BEEF / NOODLE / SOUP
no inscriptions

Provenance

Until 1963, Robert [1917-1986] and Ethel [1921-2001] Scull, New York;
Stable Gallery, New York;
December 21, 1963, sold by Stable Gallery to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo with funds provided by Seymour H. Knox

Class

Paintings

Work Type

Tempera painting (visual work)
Painting (visual work)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Before becoming the prolific artist he is known as today, Andy Warhol was the most successful and highly paid commercial illustrator in New York. Warhol’s paintings from the early 1960s were crucial in pioneering the breakdown between high and low art forms characteristic of Pop art, and his images of Marilyn Monroe, soup cans, and sensational newspaper stories quickly became synonymous with the emerging artistic movement.

Consumer goods and ad imagery were flooding the lives of Americans during this era, and Warhol turned his attention to consumer products like Coca-Cola and Campbell’s Soup as the basis for subtly re-creating this abundance. His use of everyday items encouraged people to be more observant of the world and commercial products around them. Warhol painted many works that feature soup cans, both individually and in groups. 100 Cans was painted by hand with the partial use of stencils; however, a closer look reveals that the cans are not identical. For example, the amount of black in the word “Soup” is not always consistent and the clarity of the word “Campbell’s” varies. The same year he made this painting, Warhol began using silk screen, which allowed him—and others—to produce his work in an assembly-line fashion that emphasized the ways in which everything can be processed and packaged for consumption, even art.

Label from Giant Steps: Artists and the 1960s, June 30–December 30, 2018

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