What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Sense of Style



René Gruau

René Gruau was a world-renowned fashion illustrator and painter. During the 1940s and 50s, he was the darling of the haute couture world, and his work appeared in nearly every major fashion publication of the age. His iconic style was so recognizable and au currant, he was also hired directly by the world’s most well-known and well-regarded designers, including Dior and Givenchy. His paintings manage to convey so much style with so few brushstrokes, there’s no mistaking his work. I’m especially intrigued by how it holds up, even nearly 80 years later.

Highly-collectible (for the obvious reasons), his paintings hang in museums all over the world, and Gruau is widely acknowledged as one of the great masters of the fashion illustration world.

All images property of the estate of René Gruau.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “Sense of Style

  1. I could not have told you his name but those illustrations were instantly recognizable. I really love the strong line work and the way it contrasts with the more chaotic elements of the art work. It’s that tension between the two that makes them really spark I think.

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    • I felt the same. The images were definitely familiar, but I don’t think I ever knew the artist’s name before. I am in complete agreement with your assessment of the chaos and the bold strokes balancing each other out. So yummy!

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  2. I love these older illustrations. I had no idea what his name was. Thanks, Donna.

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  3. Gorgeous drawings! They draw you into wonderful stories……

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  4. Wonderful. There is a lot of fun in these drawings.

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  5. Amazing!!


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