14A Gower Mews, Bloomsbury London WC1E 6HP 4402078798883
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Gabrielle Coco Chanel

Origin United States
Period 1920-1949
Materials Platinum Palladium Print
W. 10.94 in; H. 13.9 in;
W. 27.8 cm; H. 35.3 cm;
Condition Fair. slight foxing
Creation Date 1937
Description Title: Gabrielle Coco Chanel
Print: Platinum palladium print, printed on strathmore cotton paper
Date: 1937, printed later
Signature: Signed Horst in Pencil on recto and vesrso
Size: Paper 35.3 cm x 27.8 cm, Image 23.7 cm x 22.7 cm.

This portrait was created when Chanel was at the height of her fame. Horst's arrangement of the furnishings, fabrics and lighting creates an atmospheric silhouette. Chanel is framed by her emblematic gold jewellery but poised with a cigarette and reclining into a plush satin chair, somehow Horst reveals a gentler side to Chanel.

Horst modernised fashion photography, as an innovator of taste and a twentieth century master of light it was Coco Chanel who insisted that only Horst be allowed to take her photograph. Horst confessed the first session was "a flop" but the second produced this image that was to remain Chanel's favourite.
Styles / Movements Black & White
Book References Horst Portraits: 60 Years of Style, Harry N. Abrams 2001
Incollect Reference Number 242152
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