A Study of a Pair of Work Boots
Pastel on paper, signed lower right.
Sight size: 16.75” x 22.75”
Frame size: 25.75” x 31.75”
This pastel brings to mind the still life paintings Vincent van Gogh did of shoes and boots. The reason his shoe paintings still fascinate individuals today is that these works are also often interpreted as a study of Van Gogh’s life. In these paintings, he captures a pair or pairs of shoes on the floor most with laces untied as if they have just been taken off at the end of a long day. Unlike other still life subjects, the shoes have been to all the places and have seen all of the struggles of the owner. To many, Van Gogh’s shoes with the worn leather and tired soles represent the rough life of the artist himself and the weathered journey he has endured.
Van Gogh’s shoe paintings can be seen in several different museums including The Van Gogh Museum, Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, The Baltimore Museum of Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.