Why did Andy Warhol use iconic objects in his artwork?
Andy Warhol chose to use iconic objects for his artwork. His most famous work is the Campbell’s tomato soup and the Marilyn Monroe painting. He has tons of artwork that is very well known. The reason he chose to use iconic objects in his work was because it promoted equality. Everybody ate Campbell’s soup, an ordinary family and the President of America both eat that soup, and so it created a sense of balance for Andy Warhol. Soon enough, it was called pop art. Pop art consists of bright colored artwork that includes iconic objects.
He had a studio, and it was called “The Factory.” It was a famous spot for Andy Warhol’s artwork. Most of his paintings were hung at the Factory. Musicians, artists, actors, and influential people often went there for social gatherings. He was fascinated with the famous people and their lives. They influenced him, and created artwork based off of them. It was changing the art world and Andy Warhol was the sole reason why art was changing. It wasn’t all original works; he used everyday objects and created them into famous art pieces. He wanted to create a message that life is art. A brand of soup is art. He also used food in his artwork to raise awareness on the issue of the homeless and the hungry.
The first image is Marilyn Monroe. There are many different versions of this artwork, especially the colors. The one I have chosen is one of the first versions of the piece. There are three main colors that pop out of the image. They are yellow, blue, and red. The yellow is Monroe’s hair color. It is a bright sunshine yellow. She was blonde, but this yellow makes her signature hair more iconic. The background is a mix of green and blue, which is turquoise. It blends in well with the bright yellow. It compliments each other. Monroe’s makeup is emphasized in the image. Her eye shadow is close to the turquoise background, so it creates an even tone of the image. Her lips are dark deep red, and it compliments her makeup. It symbolizes the beauty icon she was, just simply by the bold makeup.
The second image is the album cover for the Velvet Underground. It is a simple image. It consists a white background with an enlarged banana. It seems a little bit rotten, because it has pieces of black on the banana. It could either be the shadow or it is a rotten banana. I personally think it is the shadow; it darkens the vibe of the image. The main focus is the banana and there is no reason behind why Warhol used a banana for an album cover for a band. He wanted to make the audience to look beyond the picture and create their own meaning with the music.
The third image is the Campbell’s tomato soup. The color palette of this image is all pastels. It is light pink, bright yellow, turquoise, and light green. The soup can is not in the original color, the red, white and black. The top half is yellow with the words, “Campbell’s” and “condensed.” The bottom half is turquoise and it had “Tomato Soup” on it. The background is pink. The colors in this image are similar to the colors in the Marilyn Monroe piece. Once again, the colors compliment each other and it makes the image more eye-catching. It is a pretty piece of art work.