René Bouché was an artist and fashion illustrator, known for his work in Vogue magazine and his social portraiture. Born Robert August Buchstein, 1905, in Austro-Hungarian Prague. By the age of 15, he was earning a living from illustration. At age 21, he studies art history at Munich University under the tutelage of Heinrich Wölfflin.
In 1927, he moved to Berlin and adopted the name René Robert Bouché. In the early 1930s, shortly after Hitler came to power, Bouché left for Paris. There he studied at Amédée Ozenfant’s atelier, l’Académie Ozenfant. From 1934, Bouché contributed drawings to the magazine Plaisir de France and advertising for Nestlé.