Andy Warhol

Shoes and Roses


Not on display

Andy Warhol 1928–1987
Paper on ink, dye and graphite on paper
Support: 456 × 326 mm
frame: 520 × 392 × 38 mm
ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland
ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008

Online caption

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.

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