Warhol started to paint his Campbell soups in December 1961. In May 1962, he received a studio visit from Irving Blum of Ferus Gallery, LA, who liked the soup cans and offered him a show that same summer. Warhol hesitated because it was not in NY and summer time was not the best time but Blum convinced him by saying that movie stars where visiting the gallery, which was “not true except for Dennis Hopper”.
Andy Warhol accepted. Even tough the show was not a success at the time, Irving Blum sensed that the series was a masterpiece and he bought it from Warhol for $1000. It now belongs to the MoMA collection.
Sources : Warhol: The Biography, Victor Bockris
Pop: The Genius of Andy Warhol, Tony Scherman and David Dalton, 2009
Andy and Irving, 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 30" x 24" (76 x 61 cm)