Fashion Illustration Gallery in association with Paul Smith No.9 Albemarle Street is delighted to present The Gruau Man an exhibition of works on paper made by René Gruau featuring only men.
The works exhibited span a 16 year period from 1956 to 1972. They were prepared for the front covers of the magazine Sir: Men’s International Fashion Journal. Published uarterly in Amsterdam by Ludwig Katz, Sir was the baby brother publication of International Textiles magazine whose Gruau covers FIG exhibited at The Mayor Gallery at the end of 2010.
On the surface, crafted in gouache and felt tip pen, Gruau’s man is chiselled, groomed, suave and sophisticated. Suited and booted he is always dapper, sometimes depicted with a strategically dipped Trilby hat and occasionally accessorized with an umbrella or cigarette. He’s the picture of simmering machismo. He’s the man about town, a real life James Bond in control of every situation he finds himself in.
Rene Gruau “The Gruau Man”
Date: March 21st – April 21st, 2012
Open: Monday – Friday 10:30 – 18:00(Thursday till 19:00), Saturday 10:00 – 18:00
Closed on Sunday
Place: Fashion Illustration Gallery
Address: No.9 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BL
Tel: +44 20 7112 1979
Text: Satsuki Miyanishi