By: GRUAU, R.

Place / Date: Paris, G. Cravenne, ca. 1980,

Dimensions: 595 x 395mm.

Each Price $ 375

Condition: Offset. Good condition.

Design by René Gruau for Moulin Rouge. René Gruau (1909-2004) was a Franco-Italian artist. He enjoyed real success after World War II working as a fashion illustrator for important houses such as Dior, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. He later also drew for the Lido and the Moulin Rouge. The advertising designs for Red Kiss (Rouge Baiser) have left a lasting mark on people’s memories. Gruau has also signed several advertising posters for perfumes and cosmetics Balmain, Jacques Griffe, Lucien Lelong, Jacques Fath, Elizabeth Arden, Payot, Peggy Sage, Givenchy.

Original advertising poster for Les Folies Bergère cabaret in Paris.
The Théâtre des Folies Bergère is a famous Parisian performance hall inaugurated on May 2, 1869 and is still active.
Today, it presents musicals, musical shows and current music concerts.

Published by Ets Saint-Martin.

Founded in 1869 and still in operation today, the Folies Bergere became popular in the 1890s and attracted star artists like Charlie Chaplin, Edith Piaf, Josephine Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, WC Fields, Frank Sinatra and others.

Helene Martini (aka The Empress of the Night, 1925-2017) was a showgirl who ran the Folies Bergere from 1974 to 2000 (she bought the club in 1977)