René Gruau remains one of the most renowned fashion illustrators, for the stunning silhouettes, dramatic use of colours and powerful minimal lines, which lead to the incredibly seductive, sophisticated and elegant imagery.
René Gruau was born in 1909 with an aristocratic title: Renato Conte de Savagli-Ricardelli, in Rimini on the Adriatic coast of Italy. His French mother, Maria Gruau de la Chesnaie, left his father when René was but three years old.
Fashion Drawings - René Gruau 1909 - 2004 Gruau's fluid line, bold use of colour, composition and psychology make his work stand out. He is undoubtedly the best fashion artist of the mid century; he was without peers