Tom Wesselmann Still Life # 30 Analysis

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Still life #30 by Tom Wesselmann

Figure 1: Tom Wesselmann, Still Life #30, 1963. Oil, enamel and synthetic polymer paint on composition board with collage, 122 x 167.5 x 10 cm. Museum of Modern Art, New York (Gualdoni 2008: 40-41).

In Still life #30 you find a depiction of the ideal post-war suburban American kitchen, aesthetically and clinically sound. A mixture of both Painting and collaged elements were used to create this image. Starting with the collaged elements; from the lower left, you are confronted with a modern pastel pink fringed, above the fridge there are three bottles of 7up and behind them, hung on the wall, is a reproduction of an abstract expressionistic painting. To right of the painting are plastic flowers and
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200 Campbell’s Soup Cans by Andy Warhol

Figure 2: Andy Warhol, 200 Campbell's Soup Cans, 1962. Synthetic polymer paint on thirty-two canvases, (Each canvas) 51 cm × 41 cm, (Entire piece) 182.9 x 254 cm. Museum of Modern Art, New York ().
200 Campbell’s Soup Cans done by Andy Warhol consists of 200 silk screen printed canvases, one of each of the canned soup varieties the company offered at the time of creating the artwork (Collins 2012: 136). You find two focal colours on the cans, these being red and yellow. The cans are all split horizontally by the boarder created from red and white, red being on the top half of the can and white being on the bottom. In the centre of each can you find a large yellow circle, above it in white is written, ‘Campbell’s, and bellow the yellow circle you have the name to the different choice of Campbell soup.

Pop art making a critique of American society
Using the artworks chosen to make a connection to them being a critique of American society. Firstly through an analysis of Tom Wesselmanns, Still life #30 this artwork captures the essence of the American Dream, a

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