10 August 2011

Chaussures peintes

 Louvre shoes

GOYA Portrait of María Rita de Barrenechea y Morante, Marchioness of la Solana (1757–1795), 

from go see:
Dismembered paintings or the secret archive of shoe design? The new art book by Edition Lammerhuber presents painted shoes from the Musée du Louvre.
Louvre Shoes

To the French author Georges Bataille, the foot – or rather the big toe – is ‘the most human part of the human body’. The almost intimate photographs by Lois Lammerhuber bring the world of feet and shoes to eye-level.
The photographs feature delicate and strong feet, feet without shoes and shoes without feet, feet that are imprisoned or embedded in shoes. A multitude of shoes can express merriment or even danger. Who wore boots and who wore sandals? Who sported a heel and who preferred to slip into slippers? 

 Lois Lammerhuber photograph-Sir Thomas Lawrence

Dogs, the hems of skirts, stairs, carpets, chair legs, tiles, crutches and brooms are all props in the world of shoes. Insecurity, imperious demeanour and grace extend all the way to the tip of the shoes. 

 Lois Lammerhuber photograph- Gemälde von Pierre MIGNARD

It is the peculiar perspective that turns out to be of so much interest not only to art connoisseurs and shoe fetishists. Raphael, Goya and Ingres may not have been shoe designers, but they are considered to be some of the most famous painters in art history. They recorded the history of the shoe in their paintings and as such, involuntarily produced an archive of styles worn by people from 1280 to 1863 during their appearances.

Art historian and author Margo Glantz, an expert in Mexican literary studies, facilitates a spirited discussion with the viewer, expressing and addressing unexpected thoughts on painting and shoe design, on history and sociology in the world of shoes. Catherine Belanger is the book editor. The experienced head of PR and marketing at the Louvre gained fame through her supervision of countless projects, including the film ‘The Da Vinci Code’.

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  1. Very interesting subject both in your post and in many a museum journey I've made looking at portraits. Louis XIV's red-heeled shoes are a particular favorite and and the other end of the scale so are the wisps of satin on the feet of Empire and Regency ladies - in the ladies' case, shoes that had to be protected by pattens when walking in towns. Jane Austen mentions the constant "clink of pattens" heard at the spa-town Bath.

  2. I love Goya and recognized his shoe (foot) instantly. Great post. Mary

  3. VT- to you all I can! pgt

    Blue- oddly whenever I travel-I seem to hear those noises-I felt it especially in Bath in fact.

    Jone- Goya-and some others here are so beautiful.

  4. Thank you for all the beauty, which really adds a great deal of pleasure to my life. Curtis



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