Acrylic on canvas
Framed: 122.7 x 133 x 8.2 cm (48 5/16 x 52 3/8 x 3 1/4 in.); Unframed: 111.7 x 121.9 cm (44 x 48 in.)
Purchased with a grant from the NEA and matched by gifts from members of The Cleveland Society for Contemporary Art 1974.53
The storefront in New Shoes for H depicts Simco Shoes, a store that once stood on the corner of University and East 14th Street in New York City.
Don Eddy numbers among the American painters called "Photorealists." These artists used photographs as inspiration for skillfully rendered representational images, but in reality, their work did not report the factual accuracy that a photograph implies. Eddy once explained, "You can either look through the window, or at the window, or at the reflection in the window. Nobody ever looks at all three at once, because it is impossible to focus on all three." In New Shoes for H, however, Eddy tried to accomplish this feat. Rather than creating a realistic representation of the matter, Eddy re-interpreted the image, exaggerated colors, and combined elements of several different photographs. Although rendered in a realistic style, the resulting painting is a product of the artist's creativity and interpretation.
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