Study Gruau Impermeable Moderne Blizzand Embrace
Gouache and pencil highlights on cardboard Unsigned. Titled and dated on the back History: Advertising project for the modern Blizzand raincoat (Sylvie Nissen, Vincent Keret, Thalia editions, 2009, p. 99, incorrect date). 65 x 50 cm. Figure study on the back.
When France refurbished its identity after the defeat and deprivation of the Second World War, two men were crucial to the re-establishment of the nation as global supplier of luxuries. One was the couturier Christian Dior, the other his chief visualiser, artist René Gruau, who died aged 95.