Monday, April 11, 2011

The She Revolution

Royal Pumps © 2011 Amy Hillenbrand
14 x 11 oil on canvas
$325.00 + shipping 

What is it with women and their shoes? We know how Carrie Bradshaw felt about her love affair with shoes, and I quote: “The fact is, sometimes it’s really hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun.”  Carrie Bradshaw-Sex in the City

But did you know that Marie Antoinette had a special relationship with her shoes? Yep, even while France was being torn apart by the revolution, Marie cherished her shoes. It has been reported that Marie Antoinette took special care to keep her beautiful shoes clean for 75 days while being locked in a dark, dank, dirty, 17th century prison waiting her turn at the guillotine. She wore those same shoes the day she died. I wonder, did those shoes help her keep her dignity as she walked to her death?


  1. Another great pair! I'm sure the shoes helped Marie! I saw a show in San Francisco w/ shoes from old Venice that had huge platforms so the women wouldn't get their feet wet!

  2. Heavy! I'm with her! You remember Imedla? I thought 3,000 pair of shoes was probably reasonable! I know I would have them if I had space to store them!!!! Wonderful viewpoint!

  3. Really nice perspective and shadows- yes, love shoes too so we can all relate here:) I like the title too- wonderful fun royal pumped painting.

  4. Beautiful painting!!! Your subjects have such flair and style, besides being stunning paintings. xoxo

  5. I'm a big lover of shoes! ..... And I love yours too! Great job!

  6. One more beautiful shoe painting! These make me think of something Betty Boop might wear, so adorable!