Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Social Portraitist and Fashion Illustrator René Robert Bouché (with a Miles Redd Addendum)

For fans of loose illustrations with a whisper of Fauvist color, social portraitist and fashion illustrator René Robert Bouché (1905-1963) is it. He began his illustration career for French Vogue in 1938. He also designed sets for the theatre and ballet and ads for Elizabeth Arden and Saks Fifth Avenue. 
This is a 1947 cover for American Vogue
Bouché's 1958 work, "Woman with Veil." 
Love this portrait of socialite Mona von Bismarck.
An Elizabeth Arden ad. 
Another Vogue cover, with wonderful colors to celebrate the 1939 Ascot races. 
Here, interior designer extraordinaire Miles Redd uses Bouché fashion illustrations to dress up a powder room in the Atlanta mansion Boxwood, a 1920s Philip Shutze creation. 


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