Andy Warhol, ‘Chanel No.5’


  • Andy Warhol
  • Chanel No. 5 
  • 1997
  • Offset lithograph in colors with linen backing
  • 28.30″ x 22 x 55.88″
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“Chanel N˚5,” after 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. Signed in the plate, verso.

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