The Louis Vuitton Masters Collection by Jeff Koons

By Paul Joseph

World renowned artist Jeff Koons has renewed his collaboration with iconic French fashion house Louis Vuitton by creating a new range of luxury handbags, accessories and small leather goods that celebrate legendary figures from the world of art

The first partnership led to the creation of pieces that honoured names including Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Fragonard, Rubens and Titian – and the latest collection does the same with a new raft of  artistic luminaries such as Monet, Turner, Manet and Gauguin.

Artist Edouard Manet’s 1863 work ‘Luncheon on the Grass’ was among those selected by Koons for the project.  “To work with the image of ‘The Luncheon on the Grass’ gave me the opportunity to emphasise the importance of artists giving it up to each other,” Koons said.

As for the impressionist Monet, his 1916 painting ‘Water Lilies’ is according to Koons, “one of the most beautiful, sensual images of nature,” adding, “it is an image that plays between appearing concrete and at the same time breaking down and becoming completely ephemeral.”

Tahiti-loving Paul Gauguin’s 'When Will You Marry?' might be the French artist’s best known work these days, thanks to its record breaking $300 million price received at auction, but it was his 1892 work ‘Delightful Land’ that was chosen for this venture.

As with the original collection, the pieces feature the LV monogram motif, the painters’ names as well as Koons’ initials along with the LV logo. Prices range from $585 up to $4,000.

By Paul Joseph