PARIS—The 21st edition of the Salon du Dessin, the prestigious, annual, antique drawing fair, was held March 28–April 2 at the Palais de la Bourse, the city’s former stock exchange. The show included 39 exhibitors—18 from France and 21 from other countries—and featured an eclectic mix of works on paper ranging from the 13th to the 21st century. A wide array of artists were represented, including Jean-Antoine Watteau, Eugène Delacroix, Jean-François Millet, Edgar Degas, Odilon Redon, Pablo Picasso, Egon Schielept and Gustav Klimt. Organizers said the number of visitors was 13,000, compared with 11,500, in 2011.
Among sales reported at the fair, Paris gallery Paul Prouté reported selling 17 drawings, including Paolo Veronese’s two studies of a penitent Magdalene. A landscape drawing by Gerrit Battem was bought for €6,000 ($8,000) at the Artur Ramon gallery, Barcelona, along with a pastel by Benedetto Luti for €30,000 ($40,000) and Étude pour une colonn, a 16th-century architectural study by Spanish artist Alonso Berruguete.
The Didier Aaron gallery, Paris, whose director Hervé Aaron is president of the drawing fair, reported selling Le Corbeau et la Mort by Gustave Doré, an illustration for Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven. Aaron also reported a sale price of €8,000 ($10,670) for a drawing by François Marius Granet. Paris-based Talabardon & Gautier gallery also sold La grande panthère by Léon de Wailly, and a painting of a woman and child by Honoré Daumier. Parisian gallery Normand sold Delacroix’s 1832 self-portrait, among others.
First-time exhibitor Vincent Lécuyer, also from Paris, reported selling Manuel Orazi’s L’épouse du soleil, 1912, a drawing illustration for the book Bride of the Sun by Gaston Leroux, for €5,000 ($6,670). Cologne gallery Kewenig, also a newcomer to the fair, reported sales of €50,000 ($67,000), and included a drawing by Miroslav Tichý for €15,000 ($20,000).
Among the higher priced works, Galerie Patrick Derom, Brussels, sold Léon Spilliaert’s Digue de plage, 1907, for €450,000 ($600,000), and Belgian artist Félicien Rops’s pornographic Pornokrates, 1879, for €250,000 ($333,500).
One of the most notable works in the fair was a beach scene by Lucian Freud titled Boat on a Beach. Drawn with intense precision and dated 1945, the piece was priced at €4 million ($5.3 million) and was reported sold by London gallery Jean-Luc Baroni.