Having the Mona Lisa dangling on your arm, emblazoned upon a gorgeous Louis Vuitton leather handbag, is perhaps the finest way to reaffirm the notion that art is fashion, and fashion is art. Having offered you several such masterpieces, ranging from Da Vinci to Fragonard, Louis Vuitton and Jeff Koons have now unveiled the second chapter of their “Masters” collection, this time starring the likes of Monet, Gauguin and Turner.
The works that the accessories and handbags in this line are adorned by include: Reclining Girl by François Boucher; Delightful Land by Paul Gauguin; Luncheon on the Grass by Edouard Manet; Water Lilies by Claude Monet; The Triumph of Pan by Nicolas Poussin (exclusive for Maison Louis Vuitton Vendôme) and Ancient Rome by J.m.W. Turner.
This new set of paintings relates to Koons’ connection to each of the artists. “They are part of my DNA,” Koons says. “When somebody walks down the street with this bag, or sits in a cafe with this bag,” Koons says of the Manet Neverfull, “it’s communicating a love of humanism.”