René Gruau | Italy/Paris | Gouache | Good use of the paper - the paper becomes part of the drawing with the figure peeking out at us. The brush work when applying the gouache is still visible creating more of a loose, relaxed feel (compared to the graphic capabilities of gouache). The black space is painted in a graphic manner. This creates contrast again the paper and also brings emphasis to the female figure.
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. He was born in Italy in 1909, his father being an Italian aristocrat, while his mother, whose last name he adopted, was a French Socialite.