I was purusing Gruau: Portraits of Men by Réjane Bargiel . René Gruau became one of the most respected and influential fashion illustrators between the 1950s-80s. Though known for his expressive images of women, this book explores the artist’s portraits of men, which redefined the modern idea of confident, masculine elegance.
For me the cover art serves as the inspiration for an easy breezy must have outift.
A while back I shared my fashion illustration Taurus Tango. Completely dissatisfied, I sought to correct the problem. My image was too cartoonish. Lacked that je ne sais quoi.
So what was it about the Tango I wanted to capture? The passion, the movement, but most importantly the tension that interplays the two figures. So with this new focus and some Tango Illustrations as inspiration I began to redraw Taurus Tango.
Fashion Illustrations by Barbier
Tango, by René Gruau French , 1909-2004
This is what evolved. My new Taurus Tango.
Evoking the the legend of Ariadne & the Minotaur. (The short version is a young woman falls in love and betrays her half brother (Minotaur) by helping her lover kill him. She then is abandoned by her lover and ends up married to Dionysus. Yikes!) I may have to add the spindel of thread and a dagger at some point to bring the picture full circle. But for now I am satisfied. You can read the Jungian Perspective of the legend here.
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