Andy Warhol, ‘À La Recherche [sic] du Shoe Perdu.’, 1955, Shapero Modern
Andy Warhol, ‘À La Recherche [sic] du Shoe Perdu.’, 1955, Shapero Modern
Andy Warhol, ‘À La Recherche [sic] du Shoe Perdu.’, 1955, Shapero Modern
Andy Warhol, ‘À La Recherche [sic] du Shoe Perdu.’, 1955, Shapero Modern
Andy Warhol, ‘À La Recherche [sic] du Shoe Perdu.’, 1955, Shapero Modern
Andy Warhol, ‘À La Recherche [sic] du Shoe Perdu.’, 1955, Shapero Modern
Andy Warhol, ‘À La Recherche [sic] du Shoe Perdu.’, 1955, Shapero Modern
Andy Warhol, ‘À La Recherche [sic] du Shoe Perdu.’, 1955, Shapero Modern
Andy Warhol, ‘À La Recherche [sic] du Shoe Perdu.’, 1955, Shapero Modern
Andy Warhol, ‘À La Recherche [sic] du Shoe Perdu.’, 1955, Shapero Modern
Andy Warhol, ‘À La Recherche [sic] du Shoe Perdu.’, 1955, Shapero Modern
Andy Warhol, ‘À La Recherche [sic] du Shoe Perdu.’, 1955, Shapero Modern
Andy Warhol, ‘À La Recherche [sic] du Shoe Perdu.’, 1955, Shapero Modern
Andy Warhol, ‘À La Recherche [sic] du Shoe Perdu.’, 1955, Shapero Modern
Andy Warhol, ‘À La Recherche [sic] du Shoe Perdu.’, 1955, Shapero Modern
Andy Warhol, ‘À La Recherche [sic] du Shoe Perdu.’, 1955, Shapero Modern
Andy Warhol, ‘À La Recherche [sic] du Shoe Perdu.’, 1955, Shapero Modern
Andy Warhol, ‘À La Recherche [sic] du Shoe Perdu.’, 1955, Shapero Modern
Andy Warhol, ‘À La Recherche [sic] du Shoe Perdu.’, 1955, Shapero Modern

16 sheets 24.8 x 34.9 cm. 1 sheet 51.1 x 66.6 cm. 1 sheet 63.5 x 48.3 cm. 18 offset hand-coloured lithographs on wove paper by Warhol and friends with Dr. Martins aniline watercolour dye.

Originally issued as a portfolio of 17 unbound sheets enclosed in printed covers, the present copy also contains one extra double-sized illustration of a boot with no caption (a boot of the same style was used by Warhol for a separate work as part of an exhibition at the Bodley Gallery in New York the following year).

Warhol's mother, Julia Warhola, is responsible for the calligraphy captions. The title on the cover of the work, meanwhile, is hand-written in ink and reads 'À La Pecherche du Shoe Perdu.’ This misspelling may indicate that this particular portfolio is one of the earliest that Warhola completed. The lithographs were privately printed in New York and the sheets then coloured by hand at one of Warhol’s 'colouring parties.’

This delightful portfolio is rare, as not all surviving portfolios have a complete set of plates, and many do not include the larger boot plate.

Publisher: Andy Warhol

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York