La Recherche du Shoe Perdu by Andy Warhol

La Recherche du Shoe Perdu Andy Warhol

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The two portfolios that Warhol produced as À la recherche du temps perdu translates to ‘in search of lost time’, or ‘remembrance of things past’ – a reference to Marcel Proust’s renowned novel. The portfolios feature hand-written decorative lettering on the front cover by Warhol’s mother, Julia Warhola, making each set utterly unique. A few of the earliest copies she mis-spelt ‘recherche’ and instead wrote ‘pecherche’ in error.

This collection of shoe design illustrations was most likely completed in 1955, the very same year Warhol started to work with the I. Miller shoe company to produce weekly shoe drawings for a new sophisticated relaunch of the company under the guidance of Peter Palazzo. The drawings were for an advertisement to be run in the society pages of the New York Times and Warhol stayed with the company until 1957.

After graduating in Pictorial Design from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1949, Warhol moved to New York, where he became one of the most successful and imitated illustrators of the 1950s, with clients such as Harper’s Bazaar and Tiffany & Co. Warhol had already carved out a working history with illustration and advertisement, and previously produced shoe drawings for the magazine, Glamour.

With À la recherche du shoe perdu, Warhol took into consideration previous constructive advice mentioned to him by the editor of Glamour, Tina Fredericks, that the shoes shouldn’t look as though they have character – rather they should give the appearance that they had never been worn.

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