A la Recherche du Shoe Perdu Portfolio by Andy Warhol

A la Recherche du Shoe Perdu Portfolio by Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol loved to draw shoes—high heels, pumps, or jeweled stilettos—and they were among his first subjects when he worked as a young commercial fashion illustrator in 1950s New York. Later on, in 1980, once Warhol had achieved fame as an artist, he returned to portraying footwear.

Between 1955 and 1957, Warhol was the sole illustrator for shoe manufacturer I. Miller and made new drawings of shoes each week for ads in the New York Times. À la recherche du shoe perdu celebrates the central role shoes played in his early career and imagination. The title is a riff on Marcel Prousts famous novel À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time, or Remembrance of Things Past). The captions, with their distinctive cursive lettering, were transcribed by Warhol’s mother, Julia Warhola (or by assistants who imitated her handwriting). Warhol and his friends hand-colored the sheets at coloring parties.

Although best known for his silkscreen paintings, Andy Warhol was also an excellent draughtsman. Drawing was a constant part of his artistic practice. Each of the sixteen images in this portfolio features a shoe centrally placed on the page accompanied by a simple line of text, a verbal-visual composition mimicking the picture and ad copy of advertisements. Each of the works in “A la Recherche du Shoe Perdu” were hand-colored. Andy Warhol’s mother helped developed the phrases that go along with each shoe.

ARTWORK

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The Autobiography of Alice B by Andy Warhol
The Autobiography of Alice B by Andy Warhol
1955
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Shoe Bright – Shoe Portfolio by Andy Warhol
Shoe Bright – Shoe Portfolio by Andy Warhol
1955
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Uncle Sam Wants Shoe by Andy Warhol
Uncle Sam Wants Shoe by Andy Warhol
1955
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My Shoe is Your Shoe by Andy Warhol
My Shoe is Your Shoe by Andy Warhol
1955
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Sunset and Evening Shoe by Andy Warhol
Sunset and Evening Shoe by Andy Warhol
1955
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Shoe Fly Baby – Shoe Portfolio by Andy Warhol
Shoe Fly Baby – Shoe Portfolio by Andy Warhol
1955
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Dial M for Shoe by Andy Warhol
Dial M for Shoe by Andy Warhol
1955
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Shoe and Boot by Andy Warhol
Shoe and Boot by Andy Warhol
1956
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I Dream of Jeannie Shoe by Andy Warhol
I Dream of Jeannie Shoe by Andy Warhol
1955
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Shoe of the Evening, Beautiful Shoe by Andy Warhol
Shoe of the Evening, Beautiful Shoe by Andy Warhol
1955
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Lead a Shoe to Water by Andy Warhol
Lead a Shoe to Water by Andy Warhol
1955
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See a Shoe and Pick It Up by Andy Warhol
See a Shoe and Pick It Up by Andy Warhol
1955
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Beauty is Shoe, Shoe Beauty by Andy Warhol
Beauty is Shoe, Shoe Beauty by Andy Warhol
1950
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When I’m Calling Shoe by Andy Warhol
When I’m Calling Shoe by Andy Warhol
1955
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To Shoe or Not to Shoe by Andy Warhol
To Shoe or Not to Shoe by Andy Warhol
1955
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Alice Blue Shoes by Andy Warhol
Alice Blue Shoes by Andy Warhol
1955