Shoe and Roses
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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Shoe and Roses 1956
  • Artist Rooms
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.

Glossary Open

Motif

A distinctive element in a work of art or design.

Oeuvre

French term which is used to refer to an artist's total body of work.

Screenprint

A print made by forcing ink through a screen on which a stencil is placed. Traditionally used for commercial printing, it has been taken up by artists since the 1960s when it was used extensively in Pop art.

Silhouette

Images showing an outline with no internal detail set against a contrasting background. It is specifically used for portraits of this type cut from paper.

Motif, Oeuvre, Screenprint, Silhouette

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00268
  • Medium Paper on ink, dye and graphite on paper
  • Size 45.60 x 32.60 cm
  • Credit 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