Shoe and Roses (1956)
About this artwork
Shoes and feet were of great interest to Warhol and feature throughout his oeuvre (his vast archives even included a mummified foot). After arriving in New York in 1949 Warhol quickly became one of the most sought-after illustrators of women’s shoes. He was especially celebrated for his work for I. Miller, whose reputation was revitalised with his quirky adverts for their shoes. This illustration combines a silhouetted shoe with an example of his experimental rubber-stamped repeated image. This directly relates to the technique of screenprinting and his interest in repeating images and motifs. The varying density of the ink is reminiscent of his celebrity portaits those he made of such as Marilyn Monroe.
- title: Shoe and Roses
- accession number: AR00268
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Paper on ink, dye and graphite on paper
- date created: 1956
- measurements: 45.60 x 32.60 cm
- credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
- copyright: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2016.
Andy Warhol was born 'Andrew Warhola' to Slovakian immigrant parents living in Pittsburgh in America. Warhol's subject matter was taken from popular culture, in the form of advertising, comics, magazines and packaging. He was able to produce his works quickly by transferring images onto canvas or paper through photography and screenprinting, sometimes with the help of assistants. Warhol stated that he wanted to make works that showed no trace of having been produced by hand. His interest in mass production reflected the fast-developing consumer culture he recognised in America. His New York studio, 'The Factory,' became a popular meeting place for artists, drop-outs, celebrities and bands.