The Luxury Of … Art On The Arm

LOUIS VUITTON’s Masters collection, featuring JEFF KOONS’ hand-painted reproductions of works by Old Masters returns for a second collection …


We bet you never dreamed of wearing a nude Boucher bottom on your arm, or taking Le Déjeuner sur L’Herbe by Manet to luncheon with your girlfriends. But now you can. In April, Louis Vuitton’s Masters collection, featuring Jeff Koons’ hand-painted reproductions of works by Old Masters (entitled the “Gazing Ball” series – so called because in each of the 35 master works he repainted in oil on canvas, Koons added a little shelf, painted as if it had sprouted directly from the image, on which he placed a large, blue, hand-blown glass bauble, or “gazing ball” in which the observer was reflected) was launched and LV clients flocked to boutiques to pick up Speedy, Neverfull, Keepall, Noe and Pochette shapes featuring Koon’s facsimiles.

The first collection consisted of the work of five artists, Da Vinci (Mona Lisa, c1503-1506), Titian (Mars, Venus and Cupid, c1546), Rubens (The Tiger Hunt, c1615-1616), Fragonard (Girl with Dog, c1770) and Van Gogh (A Wheatfield with Cypresses, 1889). For the second chapter of Masters, just launching now, Koons reprises works by Monet (Water Lilies, 1916), Manet (Le Déjeuner sur L’Herbe, 1863), Gauguin (Delightful Land, 1892), Turner (Ancient Rome, 1839), Boucher (Reclining Girl, 1952) and Poussin (The Triumph of Pan, 1636).

American artist Koons is well known for reproductions of banal objects in paintings, sculptures, photography and installations. In November 2013, his “Balloon Dog” sculpture sold for $58.4m, becoming the most expensive work by a living artist sold at auction. The price list for the Louis Vuitton x Koons Masters 2 collection is not quite so expensive. You can put a red dot on one from €2,100, at The Marvel Room at Brown Thomas Dublin.

Sarah McDonnell

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