Blue Shoe (1955)
About this artwork
Shoes and feet fascinated Warhol and feature throughout his oeuvre. After arriving in New York in 1949, he quickly became established as one of the most sought-after illustrators of women’s shoes. He was especially celebrated for his work for I. Miller Shoes, whose reputation was revitalised with Warhol's quirky ads. This drawing illustrates how Warhol completed his blotted-line technique. The linear drawing on the right was hinged to the other sheet of paper. Then, while still wet, the image was printed on to it with this secondary image becoming the original, which was then coloured with ink. Warhol from an early stage employed studio assistants to help him complete these commercial illustrations quickly; this practice would later evolve into the 'production line' techniques in his famous studio, the Factory.
- title: Blue Shoe
- accession number: AR00251
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Ink and dye on paper
- date created: 1955
- measurements: 32.70 x 97.00 cm (framed: 37.00 x 116.80 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.