- Graphical simplicity, rigor, just the right amount of detail and space.
- Portraying presence through absence.
- Bright primary colors.
- The flexibility of lines and bold strokes.
- Allusions and tantalizing tales, that emanated glamour, drama, and elegance.
- His ability to compose color, line, and shape in a harmonious elegant method.
“A line…is the basis of all art. With a single line, we can express grandeur, nobility, and sensuality; the line synthesizes sensations and concentrates knowledge.”René Gruau
Some interesting facts about Gruau’s life:
- Gruau’s artistic talent merited his publication at the age of 14 and by the time he reached 18, he was published internationally.
- Gruau’s artwork is recognized and commended internationally in some of Paris and Italy’s most prestigious art museums including the Louvre in Paris.
- Gruau got inspired by classical Japanese drawings and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s sketches.
- His mother, a fashionable French aristocrat, became his first muse.
- Gruau became Dior’s favorite illustrator, as he shared with him the same ideal of femininity: their women had narrow waists and fully-flared skirts and were based on a mix of femininity, rigor, and elegance. Also, they were close friends.