You Can Lead A Shoe To Water But You Can’t Make It Drink

You Can Lead A Shoe To Water But You Can’t Make It Drink
Print

Andy Warhol

Lithograph, 1950
Print Edition of 100
H 23cm x W 33cm

Critical Review

As the sole illustrator for I. Miller shoe manufacturer, Warhol spent several years making weekly ads for the New York Times. Warhol and his friends hand-coloured the prints, making each individual in an edition unique. The cursive hand across the series belongs to his mother, Julia Warhola, who transcribed many of the captions. The series title, La Recherche du Shoe Perdu, references Marcel Proust’s magnum opus, In Search Of Lost Time. This whimsical lithograph from Warhol’s early years demonstrates his humor and wit that would be demonstrated throughout his career.

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