Drawing Week Paris, capital of ink and paper

At the end of March, three events – the Salon du Dessin, Drawing Now and DDessin – will be presenting drawings by leading artists, past and present, helping secure the city’s reputation as a capital of culture for collectors and amateurs alike.

The 26th Salon du Dessin at the Palais Brongniart, whose reputation for high-quality works has put it firmly on the art map, is as eagerly awaited as ever. This year, thirty-nine exhibitors, 40% from outside France, will offer a selection of exceptional pieces, including masterworks such as the Head of a Bearded Old Man by Hans Baldung Grien at the galerie Jean-Luc Baroni, a still life by Matisse at Eric Coatelem, and a dancer by Degas at W.M. Brady& Co. Present for the first time, a new generation of art dealers will be rubbing shoulders with established names like the Helène Bailly Gallery, the Galerie des Modernes and Antoine Laurentin.

The Salon du Dessin will also present a museum exhibition, “A passion shared”, with some forty works acquired over the last ten years by the Cabinet des amateurs de dessins of the École des Beaux-Arts, founded in 2005 by Jean Bonna, including drawings by Théodore Rousseau, Eugène Delacroix, Jean François Millet and Jean-Baptiste Greuze. The winner of the 10th Drawing Prize of the Daniel and Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation will be revealed on March 23, where pieces by the three nominated artists – Charles Avery, Ciprian Muresan and Didier Trenet – will also be on show.


Another major event, Drawing Now at the Carreau du Temple is an opportunity to explore the best in contemporary drawing from 71 galleries, 40% from outside France, in a unique glass-and-iron space. While you’re there, discover the masters of drawing – Pierrette Bloch, David Hockney, Kimber Smith, Aurélie Nemours and Giuseppe Penone – on the Master Now itinerary organized by a dozen top galleries. Also not to miss: Deep Surfaces, which explores the diversity of drawing, its materials and techniques, and the Drawing Now Award, which will be announced at the preview evening. Works by the 2016 winner, Jochen Gerner, who explores image and language, can also be seen at Christie’s France on avenue Matignon.

Lastly DDessin is celebrating its fifth anniversary under the glass roof of the Atelier Richelieu with a selection of drawings by emerging artists from twenty or so galleries. Le Corner Illustrateur will be showcasing works by Philippe Caillaud and Margot Denvers while this year’s DDessin “favorite” is François Ande and his fantastical landscapes. Other events that make Paris the capital of drawing this spring include the upcoming “From Watteau to David: the Horvitz Collection” (March 21 to July 7) exhibition at the Petit Palais and “Drawing the Everyday. Holland in the Golden Age” at the Musée du Louvre (March 16 to June 12).

Salon du Dessin. March 22 to 27. Palais Brongniart, 2th. €18 www.salondudessin.com

Drawing Now. March 23 to 23. Carreau du Temple, 3rd. €16.

D Dessin. March 24 to 26 mars.

By Anne Kerner. Photos : - Published the

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