René Gruau

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Dior Dress “René Gruau” in Flair, 1950

Brush drawing in ink and watercolor
45 cm x 20 cm
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Published for “Jolie Madame”, 1952

Brush drawing in ink and watercolor
44 cm x 31 cm
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Jacques Fath, 1949

Brush drawing in ink and watercolor
41 cm x 30,5 cm
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COVER DESIGN INT. TEXTILES, 1950

Brush drawing in ink and gouache
50 cm x 36 cm
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Lanvin for Int. Textiles, 1965

Brush drawing in ink and watercolor
42 cm x 28 cm
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Givenchy for Int. Textiles, 1953

Brush drawing in ink and gouache
49,5 cm x 35 cm
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COVER DESIGN INT. TEXTILES, 1961

Brush drawing in ink and gouache
37,5 cm x 27 cm
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COVER DESIGN INT. TEXTILES, 1960

Brush drawing in ink and watercolor
40 cm x 29 cm
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COVER DESIGN INT. TEXTILES, 1962

Ink, gouache and pencil
37,5 cm x 27,5 cm
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Unpublished ad for Bemberg, 1980

Brush drawing in ink and gouache
40 cm x 30 cm
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For Parfums Christian Dior, 1983

Brush drawing in ink and watercolor
40 cm x 32,5 cm
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COVER DESIGN INT. TEXTILES, 1962

Brush drawing in ink and watercolor
41,5 cm x 30 cm
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Ad for Gants Perrin, 1950

Brush drawing in ink and watercolor
47 cm x 35,5 cm
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Cover for ADAM, 1947

Brush drawing in ink and watercolor
20 cm x 23 cm
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AD FOR CRESCENDOE GLOVE, 1952

Brush drawing in ink and watercolor
40 cm x 29 cm
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COVER DESIGN INT. TEXTILES, 1972

Indian ink with brush and gouache
36,5 cm x 30 cm
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COVER DESIGN INT. TEXTILES, 1966

Brush drawing in ink and gouache
37 cm x 30 cm
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COVER DESIGN INT. TEXTILES, 1967

Brush drawing in ink and watercolor
40 cm x 30 cm
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Cover Design Sir, 1972

Brush drawing in ink and watercolor
42 cm x 29,5 cm
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COVER DESIGN INT. TEXTILES, 1974

Brush drawing in ink and watercolor
33 cm x 28,5 cm
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Cover Design SIR Nr.3, 1969

Ink, watercolor and crayons
38,8 cm x 28 cm
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Unpublished ad for Dior, 1951

Brush drawing in ink and gouache
37 cm x 28 cm
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AD DESIGN FOR BEMBERG, 1985

Brush drawing in ink and gouache
63 cm x 49 cm
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Ad for “Miss Dior”, 1972

Indian ink with brush and gouache
41,5 cm x 31 cm
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LIDO “QUELLE NUIT”, 1971

Ink, gouache, collage
65 cm x 50 cm
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For Lido, 1965

Brush drawing in ink and gouache
64 cm x 48 cm
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“Moulin Rouge”, 1963

Brush drawing in ink and gouache
65 cm x 50 cm
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LIDO PARIS, 1985

Brush drawing in ink and gouache
50 cm x 65 cm
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“Paris” for French Vogue, 1984

Ink, crayon and gouache
86 cm x 107 cm
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LIDO POSTER “C’EST MAGNIFIQUE“, 1958

Brush drawing in ink and gouache
59 cm x 44 cm

Born in Rimini in 1909

Born in 1909 into an old Italian family as Count Renato Zavagli-Riciardelli delle Caminate, René Gruau published his
first drawing at the age of 14. At 18, he was being commissioned by Italien, French and English magazines.

Moved to Paris

In the early 1930s, his mother moved to her native city where he took her family name, Gruau. For René Gruau,
his mother would always remain the embodiment of the values and charms of society, of elegance and aristocracy of manners.

Collaboration with Christian Dior

Through his close friendship to Christian Dior, Gruau entered the world of advertising graphics. Gruau’s classic style
was a perfect complement to Dior’s designs and very soon he became instrumental in developing the image
not only for Dior’s perfumes but also for many famous luxury products, including Rouge Baiser, Bas Scandals etc.

Work for<br/ >Fashion Magazines

From the late 40s onward, the “Gruau Style” blazed across the covers and pages of the leading fashion magazines: Silhouette, Vogue, l’Officiel, Le Magazine du Figaro, International Textiles, Flair etc. Gruau’s designs, ads and
illustrations characterize the graphic art of the forties and fifties as no other works have done. The widespread repro-
duction of these works and Gruau’s incredible productivity magnified their impact. The era had found its true artist.

Exhibitions of his Artwork

Retrospective exhibitions of his art have been held in Paris, Rome, Munich, Cologne, New York and Tokyo museums.