Louis Vuitton x Jeff Koons Collaboration: The Tiger Hunt by Rubens


Masters – A collaboration between Louis Vuitton and artist Jeff Koons, remixes the iconic artworks of the old masters and presents them in a way that encourages new interpretations.

Jeff Koons has brought imagery from his long-standing “Gazing Ball” paintings – a series of large-scale hand-painted reproductions of works by the Old Masters – to a range of Louis Vuitton products.

Having the names of the artists in reflective type is in a way performing a function like the gazing ball in the “Gazing Ball Paintings”… There’s also a reflective process about the person being interlinked with the bag.

The collection is is made up of artworks by old masters, namely Da Vinci, Titian, Rubens, Fragonard, and van Gogh.

The Tiger Hunt by Rubens

 

As European courts expanded their influence to far-flung horizons, artistic currents also took on powerful new directions. Rubens, whose most dramatic and celebrated paintings were works commissioned by these wealthy royals, portrayed wild, exotic animals that most people had never seen before. The tigers, lions, and leopards clashed with the power and intellect of man, especially people of African and Asian cultures, whom colonists encountered in their travels.

Tiger Hunt, a large, breathtaking painting, is one of four done for Duke Maximilian I of Bavaria to decorate his palace. The composition is inspired by The Battle of Anghiari, a lost painting by Leonardo da Vinci. The original hangs in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rennes, France.

‘We chose Rubens’s The Tiger Hunt, which is quite powerful and moving.’ – Jeff Koons

The Flemish Baroque master Sir Peter Paul Rubens was one of the most successful artists of his day. Early in his career, he toured Italy where he made copies of the Renaissance masters. After earning a reputation as a charismatic businessman and skilled diplomat, he traveled across Europe to work for several royal families. He even earned himself knighthoods from the kings of Spain and England.

Rubens’s career flourished thanks to an extravagant style that concentrated emotion, sensuality, and movement: his masterful depictions of voluptuousness live on in the term “Rubenesque”. Upon his death in 1640, Rubens was one of the most famous artists in Europe.

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Clutch
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