Gabrielle Chanel, Couturiere, March 6, 1958, France

1958 - 1960

Gelatin silver print

40.6 × 50.8 cm (16 × 20 in.) (sheet)

In this close-up, a broadly smiling Gabrielle "Coco” Chanel looks mischievously into the lens. The then 77-year-old renowned designer looks very lively in this black-and-white portrait.

Richard Avedon, its author, was one of the greatest names in fashion photography. He also made portraits of celebrities from around the world. With his talent for capturing the personalities of his models, including those accustomed to playing a social or artistic role, the photographer knew how to establish a rare relationship of intimacy with them.

Gabrielle Chanel, Couturière, March 6, 1958, France will be presented for the first time by the Pinault Collection during the “Au-dela de la couleur” ("Beyond Colour") show at the Couvent des Jacobins in Rennes in June 2021.