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Dorothea Renault. Illustrations in the City, featuring more Joseph Pearson.

March 15, 2012

Dorothea Renault was born in Germany and currently lives near Paris, where she studied advanced graphic and visual art.

After having started work as a freelance art director, she started to focus on illustration in 2000. Her interpretation of women has been shown in collaboration with clients like L’Oreal, Printemps, Burton, Nivea, Gemey-Maybelline, Bourjois, and Musée Galliera de la Mode in Paris.

I like the combination of the grey sketchy background drawing with the sharper, colourful figure or topic of focus in the foreground. With the agency Harrison-Wolf, she created a large illustration in 2006, which covered the whole building of the Société Générale headquarters in Paris. Recently, her illustrations decorated the windows of Printemps for the campaign “Young Married Couple”


Her work has triggers for me for both Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Sex and the City , and the word sophistication comes through strongly.

Dorothea also responded to my question as to whether anyone knew any more about illustrator Joseph Pearson whom I’d blogged about recently. She had come across his work in another cook book belonging to her mum. She kindly sent me over some examples so that we can all enjoy them.

Many thanks Dorothea, keep up the great work and I’ll be featuring more of Joseph Pearson’s work from the Betty Crocker cook book soon.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. ssarahlou permalink
    March 15, 2012 9:48 am

    The miffed ox who has unwillingly donated his tail for a soup is v funny. And I can’t imagine a girl who couldn’t aspire to be a D Renault girl.

  2. Julian permalink
    March 15, 2012 10:31 am

    Dorthea’s reference to pictures from her mum’s cookbook reminds me of one my mum has:

    The literal translation of the title is “What tastes so good for men/husbands”. Another line from the book is “Love goes through the stomach” (i.e. the way to a man’s heart is through his tummy). Boy, those 50s and 60s house wives sure had a excel themselves in the home!

    • March 15, 2012 10:58 am

      Thanks for sharing that Julian, as Dorothea is German, perhaps your mums have the same taste in cook books lol Great cover !

  3. Jim Hoover permalink
    July 1, 2012 3:20 am

    I have been a big fan of Joseph Pearson for years and found him to be the hardest person to find anything about. I have his wonderful Betty Crocker new picture cookbook (1960) and until recently, his Southwest Cooking cookbook, (1956), other than these two items, nothing else. Does anyone have any more information on this terrific artist. I have been searching for over forty years. Thank You Jim Hoover

    • Husker Fan permalink
      April 6, 2013 10:18 pm

      Joe Pearson is my cousin and if you e-mail me, I can give you more information.

      • April 8, 2013 10:30 am

        How exciting! Thanks for getting in touch, there will be an email on it’s way to you in a flash lol Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks Craig

      • james hoover permalink
        April 8, 2013 2:37 pm

        WOW! I can’t believe that after all of these years, I’m finally going to find out something about this great artist/Ilustrator!

        On Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 5:30 AM, Fishinkblog’s Blog wrote:

        > ** > Fishink commented: “How exciting! Thanks for getting in touch, there > will be an email on it’s way to you in a flash lol Looking forward to > hearing from you soon. Thanks Craig” >

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