A career retrospective of the most celebrated and iconic French illustrator/poster artist/designer of the twentieth century who specialized in fashion & advertising. This monograph is almost all artwork with just 20 pages of text: a preface and bibliography. There are 163 full color pages featuring 235 of the most famous works from Gruau's five decade career. This is a more comprehensive collection of his work than most of his other monographs (all out-of-print) which command hundreds of dollars and at a fraction of the price. Text in French.
From Encyclopedia Britannica:
"Italian-born graphic designer and illustrator (b. Feb. 4, 1909, Rimini, Italy--d. March 31, 2004, Rome, Italy), created stylish graphics and elegant, sophisticated ads for high-fashion houses and magazines. With his works that suggested an inspired melding of Japanese drawing and Toulouse-Lautrec posters, Gruau, who was self-taught, formed a bridge between the celebrated French poster tradition and modern advertising. His clients included couturiers such as Christian Dior, Givenchy, and Pierre Balmain, Vichy water, the Moulin Rouge nightclub, Air France, and Cinzano."