Tuesday, 14 April 2009

THE MASTERFUL LINE OF GRUAU

I'm continuing on my very un-chronological and no-logic-whatsoever series of featuring my favorite fashion illustrators. (Previously mentioned are Erté and Ohgushi.)

Today it's time for perhaps the greatest of them all; Renée Gruau!

I've always admired the 'less is more' when it comes to illustration (that is, if you know your way around the paper and pencil) and Gruau is a true master in the use of negative space, somewhat continuing the japonisme-inspired style of Touluse-Lautrec. Gruau was also a master with his use of color and patterns, but most of all, his trademark line - strong and simple but total perfection.

RenéeGruau (1909-2004) was a French-Italian artist and illustrator who worked mainly in Europe but also in New York. He did numerous high style magazine covers, ads and haute couture illustrations for such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Flair, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Dior... He also did posters for The Moulin Rouge and Lido for years. At some point he even did some fashion design himself.

Gruau worked with Dior from the fifties until the late eighties, even at times when fashion photography and digital art had already taken over. Images above from the sixtes.



Obviously an inspiration for the iPod ads?


Great work of pattern and space from the sixties.



I had a hard time picking out images for this post leaving a lot unshown here, so be a darling and go google up images by Gruau! Do it! Now!

26 comments:

Olivia Rouge said...

It's always nice to learn something new when reading your blogs. I have to admit I've never heard of that person but I have seen some of those pieces. Now I know a little bit more :)

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

Olivia : <3

Sal said...

Such GLAMOUR is conveyed by these illustrations. Love 'em!

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

Sal : yes I'm totally fascinated and in love with all his work!

Salla said...
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Salla said...

I have to tell you the same that Olivia told... I'm Always learning something new when I'm visiting in your blog. This post is great, beautiful images. The last picture is my favourite :)

Artificial Magazine said...

I really like Gruau. So glamourous. My favourite ever though is Erte. I adore the crazyness and the exoticism!

mysterycreature said...

Those are really elegant and accomplished images - thanks for introducing me to them, I shall certainly be looking up some more...

Darrah said...

I know this is probably bad... but sometimes I like the illustrations better than the actual designs. Sometimes the imagination can tap into areas reality can't. Fantastic choices!

Ilona said...

Thank you Freelancer for this art lesson again :) Now I've found at least two new illustrator idols: Ohgushi and now this Gruau.

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

Salla : Glad you liked it !

Artificial Magazine : I adore Erté too, even though I think that Gruau takes the price for me :)

Mysterycreature : Yes, do that :)

Darrah : Oh I know totally well what you mean and I agree!

Ilona : My pleasure!

Parapluie said...

These looks wonderful!

esme and the lane way said...

Oh one of my favourite illustrators EVER. I veer from feeling really inspired by him to completely useless. That style is right up my alley, and I love the influence on modern illustrators like Rebecca Wretzler and Kat Mcleod (who are v worht checking out).

NormaJeane said...

Gosh! I wish I would have such a passion for something. (Well I do, but maybe some day when the children are grown up then I can dive in the world of tattoos.)

sueper said...

Great - thanx for the inspiration!

Dotti said...

What a shame I didn't know this one earlier! Thankyou for the inspiration. ♥ Dotti

Madelene at Merry Go Round said...

Really interesting and absolutely beautiful collection! Thanks for the inspiration!

Vanessa said...

I'm so glad you posted these pictures! I'll definitely go to Google and search for more right away!

rodrigo obon said...

These are absolutely beautiful!. I love Gruau too and being an illustrator myself I hope to, one day, come to this level of artistry. Looking at these drawings is both inspiring and devastating.

Winnie said...

These are all really gorgeous, I will have to remember these!

Dominic Bugatto said...

Cool blog , nice pics.

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

Rodrigo Obon : I know, inspiring and devastating at the same time indeed...

Dominic Bugatto : Thanks!

Anonymous said...

In my younger years I always asked santa clause for toys that came with small balls. Hungry Hungry Hippos, Crossfire, you name it. I would always swallow the balls (5-6 at a time) then try to sift through my shit to find them. I guess thats what makes me a good archaeologist as an adult.

Vintage Boutique Girl said...

His work is amazing. . .great post and blog~~just found you and will be back!

M

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