Sunday, February 10, 2013

Matisse's Sneaker 5" x 7" Painting-a-Day

Matisse loved patterned rugs, so I'm sure if he wore sneakers, this might have been one of his.  Such an odd name. Sneaker. Where did that come from anyway?

I just looked it up and here is what I found:  "Keds were first mass-marketed as canvas-top "sneakers" in 1917. These were the first sneakers. The word "sneaker" was coined by Henry Nelson McKinney, an advertising agent for N. W. Ayer & Son, because the rubber sole made the shoe stealthy or quiet, all other shoes, with the exception of moccasins, made noise when you walked." - Mary Bellis

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