Gourmet Fair

Departures for Divine Drawings

The Salon du Dessin, in focus. Photo ©Woytek Konarzewski. Courtesy Salon du Dessin. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Paris, France — The Salon du Dessin, the Drawing Fair and one of the leading events on the Parisian art calendar, was back live and in style in Paris last May 18th to May 23rd for the first time in two years because of the heath situation and once again successful sales, beautiful drawings and exhibitions and an international public were on the agenda. Held for the 30th time, sales and frequentation reached pre-COVID levels. The New York gallery Brady & Co sold an avant-garde drawing from the 16th century Italian painter Luca Cambiaso, regarded as the head of the Genoa school of painting, for 32,000 euros (US$ 34,275) early on in the fair while art dealer Benjamin Perronet who specializes in Old Master drawings parted with six works with three going to an American museum including an intriguing drawing by David depicting a woman and a satyr that was sold in the neighborhood of 100,000 euros (US$107,000). The gallery de Bayser which is specialized in drawings sold a lovely ink drawing of Rome to a European collector for 600,000 euros (US$ 642,000). The Munich and London-based gallery Grässle Härb Nuti graced its stand with four drawings from the 16th to the 20th centuries that were pre-reserved for American museums. The gallery brought together several works by Tiepolo and sold for some 300,000 euros (US$320,975) a drawing of a woman in crayon on paper by Egon Schiele. These works can be seen below at the end of the article in a short slide show.

The Salon du Dessin is held in the Palais Brongniart in the heart of Paris. Photo ©Woytek Konarzewski. Courtesy Salon du Dessin. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

The Salon du Dessin which aims to bring together Old Master, Modern and Contemporary drawings under one roof is also the centerpiece of the Paris Drawing Week when museums and institutions bring out their precious and fragile drawings for visitors to admire. This year’s Salon du Dessin brought together 39 exhibitors including 19 foreign galleries and featured several exhibitions including the winners of the 15th Contemporary Drawing Prize awarded by the Daniel & Florence Guerlain Foundation. The Salon du Dessin partners with the other leading drawing event in Paris the Drawing Now fair allowing visitors access to one of the two fairs at a reduced rate. Next year Salon du Dessin is slated to be held from March 22nd to March 27th, 2023.
You can also see this year’s show on-line at
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette

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