Painted Bronze, 1960.
“I was doing at that time sculptures of small objects — flashlights and light bulbs. Then I heard a story about Willem de Kooning. He was annoyed with my dealer, Leo Castelli for some reason, and said something like, ‘That son-of-a-bitch; you could give him two beer cans and he could sell them.’ I heard this and thought, ‘What a sculpture — two beer cans.’ It seemed to me to fit in perfectly with what I was doing, so I did them, and Leo sold them.” — Jasper Johns, quoted by Gene Swenson in “What is Pop Art? Part II,” ARTnews 62, no.10 (February 1964)