René Bouché

René Bouché (1905-1963) used his brush in a freer and more experimental way than other illustrators of the time. Note, for example, the softness of the line denoting the model’s pocket. He made his reputation at American Vogue, beginning in 1939. In Fashion Drawing in Vogue, William Packer writes, “By the war’s end his mature style had declared itself, and he was confirmed in the romantic Expressionism, relaxed, disarmingly decorative and throwaway, that was to see him through.”

RENÉ BOUCHÉ, ca. 1950s, Gouache and ink, Donor: Alexander Lieberman

RENÉ BOUCHÉ, ca. 1960s, Charcoal and watercolor, For Vogue Magazine, Donor: Marcus Weisman

RENÉ BOUCHÉ, ca. 1960s, Charcoal and watercolor

RENÉ BOUCHÉ, ca. 1960s, Ink, Donor: Alexander Lieberman

RENÉ BOUCHÉ, ca. 1960s, Watercolor

RENÉ BOUCHÉ, ca. 1960s, Charcoal

RENÉ BOUCHÉ, ca. 1960s, Charcoal and watercolor