The annual Paris Salon du Dessin will showcase 30 of the world’s premier drawings specialists at the Palais de la Bourse in Paris from March 16-21.
Now in its 14th year, the Salon - which includes work from a
variety of countries and periods, with a price range to suit most
purses - consolidated its reputation as the world's leading
specialist drawings fair in 2004, when it moved to Alexandre
Brongniart's 1808 colonnaded Stock Exchange building.
The new venue prompted widespread plaudits as more stylish and
prestigious than the previous, rather cramped venue at the Salons
Hoche in north-west Paris. The Bourse is also more central - just
400 yards from the Hôtel Drouot - as well as lighter and more
spacious, enabling the fair to expand from 25 to 30 exhibitors. The
Paris-based Société du Dessin, who organise the fair, say there's
room for one or two more exhibitors in future, but is adamant that
there will be no compromise on quality.
The 2005 edition includes a handful of new faces: C.G. Boerner of
New York/Düsseldorf; New York's Jill Newhouse, showing a Matisse
graphite odalisque study at her first European fair; and Day &
Faber, one of six London exhibitors, offering an ink portrait of a
young man by Joannes Sadeler the Elder (1550-1600), 5 x 3 1/2in
(12.5 x 9cm), for €30,000.
Other British exhibitors include Agnew's, Jean-Luc Baroni, Trinity
Fine Arts, Yvonne Tan Bunzl, bringing a vigorous Piranesi ink and
wash sketch of a young man (c.1770), and Thomas Williams, who will
be looking for around €45,000 for a small ink and wash Greuze
drawing of Cupidon au Pied de l'Autel de l'Amour, 12 x 15in (31 x
Foreign exhibitors outnumber French for the first time in the
Salon's history - last year it was 15 apiece, this year it is 16:14
- with four exhibitors from both the United States (all from New
York) and from Germany, including Hamburg's Martin Moeller, with a
characteristically poignant female study by Käthe Kollwitz; and
Munich's Katrin Bellinger, who will offer Tiepolo's Presentation of
the Virgin, in ink, wash and pencil, 20 x 15in (50 x 38cm), for
Zurich's Arturo Cuellar has an early Van Gogh pencil drawing of a
man drinking coffee (c.1882), while Patrick Derom from Brussels
will have a small Gustave Moreau watercolour, Persée et Andromède
(c.1882) priced in the region of €750,000.
Bob Haboldt returns to the Salon for the first time in several
years, showing a tiny Rembrandt sketch of a seated young man
reading. Paris dealers include Old Master drawings at Paul Prouté
(a pencil, red and white chalk study of a man writing, by François
de Troy) and Didier Aaron (a chalk and charcoal portrait of Prince
Napoléon-Achille Murat), as well as late 19th century works at
Brame & Lorenceau (an equine watercolour by gallery favourite
Louis Anquetin) and Antoine Laurentin (a gouache Famille de
Pêcheurs by Charles Filiger).
Twentieth century material will include Etienne-Adrien Drian's
charcoal, watercolour and gouache Femme à l'Eventail, 18in x 2ft
1in (45 x 64cm), available for €9000 at Galerie de La Scala; and
Henri Laurens' Nu Accroupi de Gauche (c.1926), a gouache, 10 x 8
1/4in (25.5 x 21cm), priced at €90,000 by Galerie Bérès, who
recently staged a majestic 180-work Laurens show at their Quai
Since 2000, another reason to visit Paris for the Salon du Dessin
has been the simultaneous staging of the Semaine du Dessin
(Drawings Week), providing the chance to inspect collections of
drawings usually off-limits to the public. This year 11 museums and
institutions take part, under the theme of Cabinets des
Highlights include an exhibition on the history of the famous
drawings collection assembled by the Duc d'Aumale (1822-97) at the
Musée Condé in Chantilly; the launch of a permanent new Cabinet
d'Art Graphique at the Musée d'Orsay; and, at the Museum National
d'Histoire Naturelle on the Left Bank, a rare chance to admire the
legendary drawings display cabinet designed by Bonnier de la
Mosson, and acquired by Louis XV in 1745.
The upscale dealers' mall Louvre des Antiquaires on Rue de Rivoli
will stage Quinzaine du Dessin (Drawings Fortnight) with 20
galleries showing 100 works on paper in its Salle
There will also be a handful of drawings auctions in Paris during
the Salon du Dessin, led by a 500-lot jamboree at Christie's on
March 17. Artists include Guercino, Murillo, Fragonard, Delacroix
and Gustave Moreau, an album of 26 drawings by the great 16th
century architect Androuet du Cerceau (estimate €50,000-70,000),
and 26 oil sketches on paper by Simon Denis (Rome 1786-1801) with
individual estimates between €2000 and €50,000.
Other sales include those at Thierry de Maigret and Tajan on March
16, the latter with works by Cézanne and Puvis de Chavannes; at
Piasa on March 18; at Rossini on March 19 and Néret-Minet, who have
a 1914 Modigliani charcoal caryatid (estimate €90,000-100,000) on
• Salon du Dessin -
Palais de la Bourse (M° Bourse).
Noon-8.30pm (10pm, March 17).
Admission €10 (inc. catalogue).
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