On the initiative of the Salon du dessin, the museums of Paris and the Ile de France region celebrate drawing….

Since its creation in 1999 by the Salon du dessin, the Drawing Week is present in very varied places, like the drawings presented there.

Again this year, the Drawing Week will be a chance to compare drawings from the past with contemporary sheets, thus seducing both collectors and connoisseurs, those familiar with them and the youngest bargain hunters.And of course, it will allow exchanges and dialogues with specialists.

In this context, each participating museum organises an exhibition and/or private visits of its collections or its temporary events.

These private visits are free and open to all subject to availability.

Reservations are made on the site of the Salon du dessin only, and you can register for a maximum of 2 events.



Visit to the temporary exhibition Carmontelle, ou le temps de la douceur de vivre (Carmontelle, or When Life Was Sweet) presented by Nicole Garnier, Conservateur Général du Patrimoine, responsible for the Musée Condé and Commissaire de l’Exposition.


Musée Condé, Château de Chantilly

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Émile Hermès Collection

Visit of the collection presented by Stéphane Laverrière, Responsable de conservation de la Collection Emile Hermès


Private collection Émile Hermès
75008 Paris

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Dessins pour Versailles

Guited visit to the exhibition Dessins pour Versailles, Vingt ans d’acquisitions (Drawings for Versailles, Twenty Years of Acquisitions) by Elisabeth Maisonnier, Conservateur du Cabinet des Arts Graphiques.

The exhibition allows visitors to discover the drawings that have come to enrich the Cabinet des Arts Graphiques over the past two decades, presenting around one hundred works elaborated using various techniques: pastel, pencil, sanguine, trois crayons (black, white and red chalk), pen and ink, gouache, watercolor, etc., and generally kept in their reserves because they are so very fragile.

Immersed in this collection of drawings, visitors travel through four centuries of graphic creations, discovering a Versailles depicted by the greatest artists of their times, among them Charles de la Fosse, François Lemoyne, Charles le Brun, Wallerant Vaillant, Richard Mique, Horace Vernet, Jacques Gondoin, and Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer.


Château de Versailles
Place d’Armes – 78000 Versailles

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Private visit | FULL
Wednesday June 30, 11:00 AM


Victor Hugo. Dessins. Dans l'intimité du génie

Visit of the exhibition Victor Hugo. Dessins. Dans l’intimité du génie (Victor Hugo. Drawings. A Genius Seen in Private), illustrated by the masterpieces of the collection, presented by Gérard Audinet, Directeur du Musée and Commissaire de l’Exposition.


Maison de Victor Hugo
6, place des Vosges
75004 Paris

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Private visit | FULL
Wednesday June 30, 09:00 AM


Le dessin romantique, de Géricault à Victor Hugo

Private visit to the temporary exhibition Le dessin romantique, de Géricault à Victor Hugo (Drawing in the Romantic Period, from Géricault to Victor Hugo) presented by Madame Emmanuelle Brugerolles, Conservateur en Charge du Cabinet des Dessins.

This exhibition proposes a brief sketch of the specificities of Romantic drawing – extravagance, lyricism, despair and excessiveness–using thirty or so works in various techniques from the Collection des Beaux-Arts, most of them never published.

The show displays the whole range of themes associated with Romanticism and highlights the realities of drawing during the Romantic period, more varied and variable than what is usually said about it would allow us to suppose.


Cabinet de dessins Jean Bonna
14 rue Bonaparte
75006 Paris

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Isabey, Orage.(détail)
Beaux-Arts de Paris. Cabinet Jean Bonna

Private visit | FULL
Monday July 1st, 10:30 AM


Le Paris de Dufy

Visit of the exhibition Le Paris de Dufy (The Paris of Dufy) with Saskia Ooms, Responsable de la Conservation et Co-Commissaire.

She will accompany us as we follow the steps of the young artist from Le Havre, who in October 1899, arrived by train at the Gare Saint-Lazare, discovered the capital and, from the top of the Butte Montmartre, reveled in the panorama of Paris, whose monument-studded landscape would become an infinite source of inspiration.

Organized according to themes, the exhibition relates to the motif represented by Paris that accompanied Raoul Dufy forevermore: Montmartre, artists’ studios, the most emblematic of its monuments, its society events, the Seine, boating parties on the Marne and walks in the Bois de Boulogne...

A region with a city at its center that gave birth to many masterpieces, and that was the painter’s home base for the rest of his life.


Musée de Montmartre
12, rue Cortot
75018 Paris

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Private visit | FULL
Monday July 1st, 02:00 PM


Un duel romantique

Guided visit to the temporary exhibition Un Duel romantique. Le Giaour de Lord Byron par Delacroix (Romantic Dual. “The Giaour” by Lord Byron by Delacroix) presented by Lyne Penet, Chargée d’Études Documentaires at the museum.

This exhibition illustrates the pictorial encounter between a great painter, Eugène Delacroix, and a great writer, George Gordon Byron, at a period when the independence of Greece was passionately debated in Europe.

Lord Byron’s poem was the inspiration for several paintings by Delacroix. Thanks in particular to drawings in the show, which will be commented in depth during the visit, the exhibition brings a new vision of the painter’s creative process.


Musée national Eugène-Delacroix
6, rue de Furstemberg
75006 Paris

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Private visit | FULL
Friday July 2, 02:00 PM


Napoléon? Encore !

Guided visit by Ariane James-Sarazin, Directrice-Adjointe du Musée de l’Armée, of the exhibition Napoléon? Encore!

The Musée de l’Armée will, for the first time, be hosting a show of contemporary art, including a certain number of works on paper.

This presentation of original commissions or existing works by renowned or emerging artists, French as well as foreign, evokes the figure of Napoléon, as well as his influence on the world today.

Thirty or so contemporary artists – given carte blanche to occupy the permanent exhibition space – question the heritage left by this enigmatic historical figure.


Musée de l’Armée
Hôtel national des Invalides
129, rue de Grenelle
75007 Paris

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Private visit | FULL
Friday July 2, 04:00 PM


Lucien Jonas

Guided visit to the exhibition devoted to Lucien Jonas by Christophe Brouard, Commissaire de l’Exposition and Directeur des Musées de Soissons.

A virtuoso of drawing, master of charcoal and skilled decorator, Lucien Jonas is honored in this exhibition devoted to his activities during the 1920s. It was during this decade that the artist made his home in Soissons in order to decorate the new room in the Hôtel de la Croix d’Or (1928-1929).

The project was preceded by numerous sketches and was conceived of around 1922 when he was working for the Comédie Française.

Thanks to loans made by the artist’s descendants, collectors and prestigious institutions, the exhibition offer and elegant overview of the different ways of approaching drawing during the period referred to as the Roaring Twenties.


Musées de Soissons
(musée Saint-Léger, Arsenal Saint-Jean, CCEA)
11, rue Saint-Jean
02200 Soissons

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Private visit | 10 people
Saturday July 3, 11:00 AM

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Uderzo, A drop of magic potion

Uderzo, a drop of magic potion  is the first retrospective dedicated to artist Albert Uderzo (1927-2020).

It brings together over 250 drawings and documents, ranging from his primary school notebooks to the iconic adventures of Astérix, and covering Oumpah-Pah, Tanguy & Laverdure and many others.

The chronological presentation illustrates both his work as an artist, but also the story of his life, including his early dream of becoming “the rue de Montreuil’s very own Walt Disney.”


Musée Maillol
61 rue de Grenelle
75007 Paris

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Invitations | 15 x 2 guests
Until September 30th

The museums below are also partners of the Drawing week
but are not able to offer private tours this year.

Links to the pages of their exhibitions are provided.


Les Flandrin, artistes et frères

Hippolyte (1809-1864), Paul (1811-1902) et Auguste (1804-1842) Flandrin comptent parmi les artistes les plus importants de la scène artistique à Lyon au XIXe siècle.

Des trois frères, Hippolyte est le plus célèbre. Élève préféré de Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, il se distingue en tant que peintre d’histoire et par de grands décors. Il compte également parmi les portraitistes les plus recherchés de son temps.

Son frère cadet, Paul, se consacre lui aussi à ce genre mais son domaine de prédilection est le paysage. Le plus âgé, Auguste, demeure le moins connu, en raison d’un décès prématuré.


Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon
Edgar Degas, Étude de femme nue jouant de la trompe et deux études du corps drapé, pour Saint Jean-Baptiste et l’ange, vers 1857, Lyon, musée des Beaux-Arts (© Lyon MBA - Photo Martial Couderette).

Until September 5, 2021
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon
20, place des Terreaux
69001 Lyon


L'Empire des sens, de Boucher à Greuze

Embarquez pour Cythère, l’île de l’Amour, sur les traces du peintre François Boucher, insolite et érotique, au gré de ses inventions les plus audacieuses.

A l’occasion du 250e anniversaire de la mort de François Boucher (1703 - 1770), le musée Cognacq-Jay explore le thème de l’Amour dans sa forme la plus licencieuse, au prisme des créations de Boucher et de ses contemporains - maître, rivaux ou élèves - tels que Watteau, Greuze et Fragonard.

Ce dialogue révèle comment Boucher, le peintre de Louis XV, s’impose comme une figure centrale du développement de l’art érotique au XVIIIe siècle.

Une centaine de peintures, dessins et estampes, qui traitent du désir autant qu’ils le suscitent, sont exceptionnellement réunis. Provenant de prestigieuses collections internationales publiques et privées, ces chefs-d’œuvre sont souvent présentés pour la première fois en France.

Le parcours de l’exposition prend une nouvelle ampleur en se déployant exceptionnellement dans huit salles du musée.

Until July 18, 2021
Musée Cognacq-Jay
8, rue Elzévir
75003 Paris


Saint-Saëns : un esprit libre

La BnF et l’Opéra national de Paris célèbrent le centenaire de la disparition de Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1921) à travers l’exposition Saint-Saëns : un esprit libre, première grande rétrospective consacrée au musicien.

À travers quelque 200 pièces -manuscrits musicaux, correspondances, photographies, objets, tableaux, maquettes de décors et de costumes -, elle propose de redécouvrir un artiste étonnant, d’une curiosité insatiable, polyglotte et voyageur infatigable, pianiste virtuose, compositeur de génie et l’un des meilleurs ambassadeurs de la culture française.


Saint-Saëns en Oriental
Caricature, par Georges Clairin, vers la fin des années 1890
Dessin aquarellé, 37 x 23,5 cm
Musée de Dieppe

June 21 - October 10, 2021
Bibliothèque-musée de l'Opéra (BnF)
8, rue Scribe
75009 Paris


Hommage à la Maison de Bourbon

Homage to the House ofBourbon. Pastels by Fragonard and Lemonnier.

Honored in the exhibition are fourteen pastels by Jean-Honoré Fragonard acquired in 2020 for the Départementdes Arts Graphiques.

Done for the l’Histoire de la Maison de Bourbon (The History of the House of Bourbon),these drawings are exceptional as much by their quality as by their condition.

Hung in the Rotonde Sully, the group of works displays the artist’s virtuosity in illustrating a historical work.


Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Louis Ier de Bourbon, prince de Condé
© RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre), Michel Urtado

Until September 13, 2021
Musée du Louvre
Entrée par la Pyramide
75001 Paris


Lurçat intime

Lurçat intime, Œuvres sur papier de la collection de la Fondation Jean et Simone Lurçat - Académie des beaux-arts

Cette exposition d’une sélection des œuvres sur papier de la collection d’œuvres graphiques de la Fondation Jean et Simone Lurçat, mettra en lumière une part méconnue de la production artistique protéiforme de Jean Lurçat.

Œuvres au crayon, aquarelles, gouaches, fusains, pointes sèches et souvent des techniques mixtes, ce sont des esquisses, des croquis ou bien des œuvres très abouties. Cet ensemble offre un aspect de l’œuvre de Jean Lurçat largement inédit qui accompagne toute la carrière de l‘artiste.

La salle Comtesse de Caen, au sein du Palais de l’Institut de France, a fait l’objet d’une importante rénovation menée par l'architecte Jean-Michel Wilmotte, membre de l’Académie des beaux-arts, qui est également l’auteur de la scénographie de cette exposition inaugurale.
Invitée pour une « carte blanche », la photographe Françoise Huguier a réalisé un reportage sur ce lieu intime à l’authenticité préservée.


Jean Lurçat, Les Amours d’0cello, 1919
© Collection Fondation Jean et Simone Lurçat - Académie des Beaux-Arts

June 24 - August 15, 2021
Pavillon Comtesse de Caen
Palais de l’Institut de France
27 quai de Conti
75006 Paris