Andy Warhol, ‘Chanel No. 5 (Blue)’, 1997, Alpha 137 Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Chanel No. 5 (Blue)’, 1997, Alpha 137 Gallery

Vintage French poster on thin linen backing. In excellent condition; unframed. Chanel N˚5,” printed under the auspices of the estate of Andy Warhol, comes from the artist’s "Ads" portfolio based on popular advertising campaigns and logos in American culture. Chanel No. 5, created by Ernest Beaux for Coco Chanel in 1921, became a product synonymous with sophistication and luxury, two qualities Warhol hoped to instill with his work. The rich hues of blue, red, and gold, and green brings this simple rectangular bottle to life. Due to the underlining criticism present throughout Warhol’’s oeuvre, works such as ‘”Chanel N˚5”’ have become modern day vanitas, alerting viewers to their own mortality and the superficiality of consumerism. The Chanel No. 5 perfume bottle stood alone as a product synonymous with sophistication and luxury. Today, Chanel perfume remains a household name, just as it was during the Warhol era. In 1997, Chanel revisited the image, with the Warhol Foundation's permission, for use in an advertising campaign that year. Many of these posters appeared on buses and public transportation throughout Paris. It is not known how many were printed, or how many remain today, but this vintage French poster is very desirable.

Signature: Plate signed on the recto

Publisher: Chanel, Inc. France

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States