More on Les Moujiks, Yves Saint Laurent's Very Fashionable French Bulldogs
As mentioned in my last blog, Yves Saint Laurent’s Moujik (each Moujik, that is) was a tres fashionable Bouldogue Francais.
Moujik II was the subject of the final portrait painted by Andy Warhol – the only dog ever immortalized by the famous pop artist.
Each year, Saint Laurent issued a of small Season’s Greetings posters. The posters, entitled “Love” and then the year of issue, were intended as gifts for close friends.
In 1991, Saint Laurent’s “Love” poster featured the Warhol painted portraits of Moujik.
Copies of the poster can be found from time to time on eBay, and at live auctions.
With the recent death of Yves Saint Laurent, they can only be imagined to raise in value significantly…
Here’s the auction copy for the poster pictured, which sold for $1800 on eBay in May of this year:
ANDY WARHOL & YVES SAINT LAURENT.LOVE. 1991.
24×15 inches, 61×38 cm.
For over twenty years Yves Saint Laurent designed small season’s greeting posters entitled “Love.” Generally they were pop art images with a heart appearing as the central motif (see Swann Modernist Poster Auction #1897, lot 114). His 1991 image is very special, as it represents one of Saint Laurent’s true loves, his dog Moujik. Using four images of his pet painted by Andy Warhol, Saint Laurent arranges them against a bright yellow background. The charming, handwritten text reads, “He is Moujik, my dog, painted by Andy Warhol, I am Yves Saint Laurent.”
If a Moujik poster is out of your price range, you might be able to find one of the limited edition “Moujik” t shirts that Saint Laurent designed for French Children’s charity D.E.M.
Saint Laurent joined designers Sonia Rykiel, Lolita Lempicka, Barbara Bui, Emanuel Ungaro, Christian Lacroix and others in designing fashionable, 19,90 € t shirts, which were sold at a special sale that ran from June 18th to 19th in 2007.
Now that I think about it, the t shirts just might be as scarce as the posters, and possibly more expensive!
A google search, eBay search and just about every other search I know of failed to turn up a single one, either for sale now or in the past. Apparently those who own them, plan to keep them – and who can blame them?