Impressionist & Modern Art

10 Things to Do in Paris During Salon Du Dessin

By Sotheby's
Late March will see a number of sales at Sotheby's Paris, including Traits et Portraits (28 March) Collection Marcel Arland (28 March) and Art Impressionniste et Moderne (29 March). It is also when Paris' international fair of drawings, Salon de Dessin, will take place. It's an ideal time to visit the city: here are 10 exhibitions taking place during the fair.

1. Sotheby’s, Œuvres sur Papier, Exhibition from 23–27 March

Where: Sotheby’s, 76 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008 Paris

For the third consecutive year, Sotheby’s Paris will present an evening sale entirely devoted to works on paper, all of which will be on show at the pre-sale exhibition from 23-27 March. This sale will offer a significant selection of quality drawings which highlight key trends from the 19th century to the dawn of contemporary art. Among the key lots, this beautiful pastel of papier by Berthe Morisot as well as a major work by Miró, Chez le Roi de Pologne: Ubu Roi plate III, combining the Catalan painter’s motifs and naïve, fanciful colours.

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2. Sotheby’s, Traits et portraits, une collection particulière, Exhibition 23–27 March

Where: Sotheby’s, 76 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008 Paris

The works in Sotheby's upcoming sale, Traits et Portraits are also available to view from 23-27 March, and this exhibition will be an exceptional event this year. The twenty-four works constitute a paean to the art of drawing, and to the human figure. Spanning four centuries of creativity, from Guercino to Picasso, this dazzling group delves deeply into the act of drawing and the human soul.

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3. Carreau du Temple, Drawing Now Art Fair, 13th Edition. 25–31 March

Where: Le Carreau du Temple, 4 rue Eugène Spuller 75003 Paris

Claude Viallat, Sans titre, 1991, Technique mixte sur papier.

Every March, 70 international galleries present over 400 artists and nearly 2 000 artworks to represent the diversity of contemporary drawing at the Drawing Now Art Fair.

A general section will host established galleries while the “Process” and “Insight” sections will allow visitors to discover lesser-known artists. The fair also proposes a program of talks, videos and performative interventions. Collectors, curators, researchers and amateurs from all over the world will take part in this event around discoveries and emotions with contemporary drawing in all its forms.

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4. Musée du Louvre, Engraving for the King. 21 February–20 May

Where: Musée du Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Henri Simon Thomassin d’après Louis de Boullogne, Louis XIV protégeant les Arts (détail), 1728 © BnF

From February 21 to May 20, the Louvre presents an exhibition around the universe of engraving. Exceptionally gathering more than a hundred works, you will have the chance to see the wonderful collection of the Louvre Chalcography, an institution created in 1797 during the Directorate. It will include some molds from the Kings Cabinet and a “thousand of slabs ordered by Colbert to show the greatness of King Louis XIV’s reign”. All in all, the iconic museum will display about 120 works and present a great opportunity to discover a part of French history.

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5. Musée d’Orsay, Le modèle noir. De Géricault à Matisse. 2 March–21 July

Where: Musée d’Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris

Henri Matisse (1869-1954), Dame à la robe blanche (femme en blanc), 1946, Des Moines, Des Moines Art Center, 1959.40 ; don de M. John et Mme Elizabeth Bates Cowles © Photo : Rich Sanders, Des Moines, IA. © Succession H. Matisse

This spring, the Musée d’Orsay is hosting a historical exhibition devoted to the representation of black models in visual arts through three key periods of French history: the abolition of slavery, the avant-garde movement in the early 20th century embodied by Matisse, and the contemporary post-war era. The exhibition proposes to show how constructed and deconstructed images of black people were and how this evolved over time. It combines amazing works by Théodore Géricault, Edouard Manet, Cézanne, Nadar and Carjat to question the relation between the artist and his models and draw special attention to the production of black artists of the Harlem Renaissance.

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6. Musée du Luxembourg, Les Nabis et le décor. 13 March–30 June

Where: Musée du Luxembourg, 19 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris

Maurice Denis, Avril, 1892, Huile sur toile, Otterlo, Kröller-Müller Museum © Otterlo, Kröller-Müller Museum Rik Klein Gotink - Kröller-Mül

From March 13 to June 30, Paris’ Musée du Luxembourg opens its doors to a unique exhibition dedicated to the decorative and ornamental art of the Nabis. Bonnard, Vuillard and Maurice Denis will be honoured as pioneers of the modern style. About a hundred of paintings, drawings and other works of art are gathered to present a rare and ambitious collection. All of these are distinguished by their lines, forms and simplified models inspired by Japanese art. A must see.

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7. Palais Brongniart, Salon du Dessin, 27 March–1 April

Where: Palais Brongniart, Place de la Bourse, 75002 Paris

Salon du Dessin, March 27-April 1st PARMARTemp1

Presided over by Louis de Bayser, the Salon du Dessin will host 39 galleries specialising in Old Master, modern and contemporary drawings. In total it brings together over 1000 drawings in the historic setting of the Palais Brongniart. This is a unique event with an international reputation, and has become the main reference in the world of collecting drawings. Collectors, specialists, curators, scholars and connoisseurs from all over the world participate in this event that occupies a major position in the art world.

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8. Musée Jacquemart-André, Hammershøi, Le maître de la peinture danoise. 14 March–22 July

Where: Musée Jacquemart-André 158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris

Vilhem Hammershøi, Intérieur Strandgade 30, 1901, huile sur toile. Francfort-sur-le-Main, Städel Museum, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Verein e.V. © Städel Museum - ARTOTHEK

From March 14 to July 22 and for the first time in twenty years, the Musée Jacquemart André holds an exhibition devoted to a genius of Danish painting, Vilhem Hammershøi (1864-1916).

To reveal his fantastic works, the museum has chosen to show forty works of the artist, some of which have never been seen to date. Most of his works represent his daily environment in a quiet and silent atmosphere: it leads you into his mysterious and poetic world. The exhibition chose to illustrate the links of the artist with his family and friends to offer a fresh perspective on Hammershøi’s work. It definitely highlights all the modernity of the artist who excelled at representing a solitude in which each spectator can identify.

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9. Fondation Custodia, Cinq cents ans de dessins de maîtres. 2 February–12 May

Where: Fondation Custodia, 121 Rue de Lille, 75007 Paris

Henri Matisse, La Danse (Composition no I), 1909, Musee d’Etat des Beaux-Arts Pouchkine, Mousou © Sucession H. Matisse

Fondation Custodia is hosting The Pushkin Museum, Five Hundred Years of Master Drawings from February 2 to May 12. It is a major retrospective of the works on paper from the Pushkin Museum of Moscow. Some of those are dated back from 15th to the 20th centuries. This selection of more than 200 works is a beautiful preview of their remarkable collection; Veronese, Rubens, Fragonard, Kandinsky, Picasso and Modigliani but also some important figures of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism such as Renoir, Degas and Van Gogh.

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10. Fondation Louis Vuitton, The Courtauld Collection: A Vision For Impressionism. 20 February–17 June

Where: Fondation Louis Vuitton, 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris

Vincent van Gogh, Autoportrait à l’oreille bandée, 1889. ©The Courtauld Gallery (The Samuel Courtauld Trust), London.
The Samuel Courtauld Trust

This exhibition presents the collection of the British entrepreneur and art patron Samuel Courtauld, which hasn't been exhibited in Paris for over 60 years.

“The Courtauld Collection: A Vision for Impressionism” brings together some 110 works, including 60 paintings and graphic pieces, which are mainly conserved in the Courtauld Gallery or in different international public and private collections. It features some of the greatest French paintings from the end of the 19th century and from the very beginning of the 20th century.

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