Located in Marseille, France, Galerie Alexis Pentcheff specialises in modern and contemporary art. For Draw Art Fair London, the gallery is presenting an exclusive selection of original works by René Gruau, one of the greatest fashion illustrators of the 20th century.
Galerie Alexis Pentcheff is thrilled to announce its participation in the first edition of DRAW Art Fair London with a solo show of René Gruau. From May 17 to 19, the gallery will present at the Saatchi Gallery more than fifty historical fashion works by the iconic illustrator.
Fench-Italian dandy and close friend of Christian Dior’s, self-taught artist René Gruau created some of the most emblematic images of the twentieth century. Instigating what one might see today as the Parisian chic, he captured the fashion world for over sixty years and yet his work remains incredibly modern today.
His bold and vivid feminine silhouettes, very often combining intense contrast and rich colours, bursting with joy, shaped the fashion industry for decades. Excelling at advertising, René Gruau worked with the finest designers, fashion houses, magazines such as Dior, Chanel, Balenciaga, Fath, Piguet, Givenchy, Molyneux or International Textiles and Madame Figaro but also the two emblematic Parisian cabarets – Lido and Moulin Rouge. Not only has he left a tremendous visual legacy, but he also contributed to foster a genuine fashion renaissance in Paris after World War II.