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01.08.2011

 

Painted Shoes - Edition Lammerhuber presents shoe fashion from the Louvre, Paris

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

Slipped into a shoe, the foot reveals unexpected truths about the people of the Louvre paintings in the photographs award-winning photographer Lois Lammerhuber. The extracts are not only works of art in their own regard but also a study of shoe fashion throughout the centuries and an excursion into social history.

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?

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.

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’.


Musée du Louvre Chaussures Peintes / Painted Shoes / Calzados Pintados / Gemalte Schuhe
Margo Glantz, Lois Lammerhuber, Catherine Belanger
German | English | French | Spanish
32 x 24,5 cm , 256 Pages 160 Photographs
Hardcover bound in red leather
ISBN: 978-3-901753-23-7
Order from Edition Lammerhuber, and in book stores.

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LOUVRE SHOES by Lois LAMMERHUBER

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LOUVRE SHOES by Lois LAMMERHUBER

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LOUVRE SHOES by Lois LAMMERHUBER

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LOUVRE SHOES by Lois LAMMERHUBER

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LOUVRE SHOES by Lois LAMMERHUBER

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LOUVRE SHOES by Lois LAMMERHUBER

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LOUVRE SHOES by Lois LAMMERHUBER

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LOUVRE SHOES by Lois LAMMERHUBER

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LOUVRE SHOES by Lois LAMMERHUBER

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LOUVRE SHOES by Lois LAMMERHUBER

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LOUVRE SHOES by Lois LAMMERHUBER

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LOUVRE SHOES by Lois LAMMERHUBER

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LOUVRE SHOES by Lois LAMMERHUBER

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LOUVRE SHOES by Lois LAMMERHUBER

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LOUVRE SHOES by Lois LAMMERHUBER

EDITION LAMMERHUBER : LOUVRE SHOES by Lois LAMMERHUBER