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Brief Published: 25 Oct 2011

Gruau Illustrations Under Hammer at Christie’s


Christie’s, the London-based auction house, sees a series of illustrations by the late Italian fashion artist René Gruau go under the hammer today. The 20 works in the sale date from the mid 20th century, depicting designs by Cristobal Balenciaga and Castillo for Lanvin among others.

Originally commissioned by editor Fleur Cowles for Look and Flair magazines, she kept the illustrations at her home.

Gruau’s work is collected by museums internationally, including the Louvre in Paris. He worked for French Vogue, Marie Claire, L’Officiel de la Couture and Harper’s Bazaar, as well as working closely with designers such as Christian Dior, Pierre Balmain and Rochas.

Christie’s holds the world record for selling a Gruau work – an oil on canvas sold for $218,500 (£136,457) in 2010.

The pieces in today’s sale range from gouache on paper to oil paintings. Prices are expected to range from £1,500 ($2,400) to £10,000 ($16,000).

The works are included in Christie’s 20th Century Decorative Art & Design auction at its King Street, London, premises.


Art & Design