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René Vincent - Gifted Gallery




René Vincent, born in 1879, Bordeaux, was a French illustrator who was active in the 1920s-1930s. He worked in an Art Deco style and became famous for his poster designs. He was influential in the Art Deco movement in the period between the two world wars. His illustrations helped define advertising in the early 20th century.


Vincent was born in Bordeaux, France, the son of novelist Charles Vincent. His older brother was Henri Vincent-Anglade, a portrait painter. Vincent studied at the art school, Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. This is when he started to illustrate books to earn money. It was at this time he changed his major from architecture to graphic arts. Occasionally he went by the pseudonym Rageot. His most recognisable work is the 1925 Porto Ramos Pinto poster.



Vincent was an illustrator for La Vie Parisienne, L'Illustration and Fantiso. When he visited the United States, he received commissions from the Saturday Evening Post and Harper's Bazaar. Most of his contributions to these magazines were fashion illustrations.




When he returned to France, he created a plethora of advertisements for Bugatti, Peugeot, Michelin, and Shell Oil Company. Vincent was a great lover of cars, so as a result he was one of the first French citizens to have a driver's license and was also one of the first Parisians to have a garage built onto his house.



René Vincent died in 1936 in Paris, aged 57 years old. Vincent is remembered for his particular design style of distorting perspective and dynamism. He left behind him pioneering achievements in the field of automotive advertising and a body of work that continues to inspire artist today.