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    Sale 2062

    Important 20th Century Decorative Art & Design

    16 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 279

    RENE GRUAU (1909-2004)

    A PORTRAIT OF CATHERINE DENEUVE, 1990

    Price Realised  

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    RENE GRUAU (1909-2004)
    A Portrait of Catherine Deneuve, 1990
    indian ink and gouache on paper
    18½ x 14¾ in. (47 x 37.5 cm.)
    signed


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    Sold with certificate of authenticity signed by Gruau.

    Catherine Deneuve - film star and fashion muse - is the subject of this vivacious portrait. Gruau made relatively few identified portraits, preferring to evoke generic images of idealised female beauty and elegance. Deneuve's fine looks and unfaltering sense of style made of her a high-profile ambassador of French sophistication. She was notably a close friend and a great inspiration to Yves Saint Laurent. What better subject for Gruau's artistry than this great woman of style, the embodiment of Parisian high fashion refinement.

    Exhibited

    Overall excellent condition.