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Signed Print Edition of 190
H 97cm x W 96cm
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Toni Clayton, American Pop & Modern Specialist
Printed in 1985, Chanel (F. & S. II.354) is a screen print by Andy Warhol that captures the tremendous influence consumer culture had on his work. This print depicts a Chanel No. 5 perfume bottle. Using minimal colours, unlike some of the other, bolder prints in the Ads series, pink gestural lines accentuate the bottle’s sleek and chic design. Rendered in pink against a purple backdrop, Warhol exaggerates how the Chanel bottle became emblematic of consumerism, femininity and sophistication.
Chanel (F. & S. II.354) is part of the Ads series, produced by Warhol two years before his death. In this series, Warhol reproduced recognisable emblems and logos that were symbolic of American consumerism. Of all the ten prints in this series, Chanel (F. & S. II.354) resonates the most with Warhol’s earlier career as a commercial illustrator in New York in the 1950s.
Printed on Lenox Museum Board. this late print reveals a development in Warhol’s style as the gestural lines used to delineate the perfume bottle, along with the duotone background, bring a looser quality to the print, which contrasts with the mechanised aesthetic of his early works, such as the Campbell’s Soup series. The print also captures Warhol’s continued enthralment with consumerism in capitalist America. In Chanel (F. & S. II.354), Warhol elevates an everyday consumer good into a piece of art and, in doing so, he memorialises this icon of 20th century popular culture.