René Gruau (Covignano 1909 - Rome 2004)
A Woman in a Union Jack Dress, Holding a Rose: Design for the Cover of International Textiles Magazine (February 1973) Sold
Gouache, watercolour and black ink on paper. Signed with the artist’s initial *G at the lower left.363 x 300 mm. (14 1/4 x 11 7/8 in.) [image]402 x 327 mm. (15 7/8 x 12 7/8 in.) [sheet]ENQUIRE
Throughout his career, René Gruau produced numerous designs for the covers of fashion magazines, notably the publications Vogue, International Textiles and L’Officiel de la Couture et de la Mode de Paris, as well as the men’s magazines Club, for which he designed several covers in the late 1940’s and 1950’s, and Sir: Men's International Fashion Journal, where he worked from the late 1950’s to the early 1970’s. This is a design for the cover of the February 1973 issue of the magazine International Textiles (see comparative image); an issue subtitled ‘Britain into Europe’, examining the impact of Britain’s entry into the European Economic Community earlier that year. Gruau produced bold, vibrant cover designs for almost every issue of International Textiles published between 1946 and 1986.