An integral part of the artistic scene since 2006, every year the Daniel and Florence Guerlain Foundation’s Contemporary Drawing Prize honours a laureate from among the three artists selected by a committee of seven experts.

The Prize concerns artists for whom drawing on paper or cardboard is a significant part of their work. The nominated artists can be of French or foreign nationality on condition that they reside in France or have a privileged cultural link through institutional exhibitions. All graphic mediums are accepted except for computer or mechanical processes.


The laureate is chosen by a jury of collectors which is renewed each year.

The Prize’s endowment: 25 000 euros, including 15 000 euros for the laureate and 5 000 euros for each of the two other artists.
A work by the laureate is offered to a French institution by the Foundation.




Promote and highlight the place of contemporary drawing in art

14 editions, 37 artists distinguished since the Prize’s creation 

Contemporary art collectors for more than 30 years, Daniel and Florence Guerlain rapidly developed a passion for drawing and have put together a collection of works from more than two hundred and forty artists of forty or so nationalities. The quality and wealth of this collection were revealed by their donation of 1200 drawings to the Centre Pompidou and  dedicated exhibitions in Paris (470 works at the Centre Pompidou, 2013), in Libourne (100 drawings at the Musée des beaux-arts, Chapelle du Carmel, 2014), in Sweden (250 drawings at the Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, 2015-2016) and in Aalborg, Denmark (250 drawings at the Kunsten Museum, 2016).


But Daniel and Florence Guerlain have not contented themselves with putting together the most important private collection of contemporary drawings in France. As early as 2006, they created the Contemporary Drawing Prizewhich rapidly became a benchmark on the art scene. Why a prize dedicated to drawing? Quite simply because this couple of collectors wished to promote and highlight a medium embodying both great classical tradition and bold modernity. For a long time used as an instrument of apprenticeship or a means of study, little by little drawing acquired its own full-fledged status nowadays acknowledged by everyone. Considered to be the finest means of capturing fleeting intuition and the closest medium to thought, drawing allows for a freedom of expression that always goes straight to the essential. Then again, the diversity of the graphic means - pencil, charcoal, ink, wash tint, gouache, watercolour, pastel, felt tip or sanguine – is such that works on paper or cardboard, collages and wall drawings offer a limitless field of exploration for connoisseurs, ever more passionate and growing in number, of contemporary drawing.


The exceptional dedicated exhibition by the Centre Pompidou in 2017 of the 30 artists distinguished by the Prize illustrates the recognition of the quality and importance of the work accomplished by these great French art patrons. The first exhibition of the Drawing Prize abroad was presented in Germany at the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen until the 24th of February 2019.

The actors in the 2020 Drawing Prize

The 2020 International Jury

Every year the Foundation gathers together a jury around Daniel and Florence Guerlain, exclusively comprised of French and foreign collectors given the task of choosing the winner.


Renewed for each edition, this year the jury is comprised of:

  • Doris BEYERSDORF (Suisse)
  • Marcelo Roberto FERRO (Brésil)
  • Christian HAUSMANINGER (Autriche)
  • Marlise JOZAMI(Argentine)
  • Dominique AGOSTINI (France)
  • Matthieu de BOISSÉSON (France)
  • Jean Louis MILIN (France)
  • Florence et Daniel GUERLAIN (France)


The Selection Committee
Since the creation of the prize, the selection of artists is made by a permanent committee of seven experts:

  • Emmanuelle BRUGEROLLES, Head Curator in charge of the collection of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts of Paris
  • Christophe LERIBAULT, heritage curator, director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris - Petit Palais
  • Camille MORINEAU, conservator and exhibition curator
  • Lucia PESAPANE, conservator and exhibition curator
  • Gabrielle SALOMON, Collector, former pupil of the Ecole du Louvre
  • Florence and Daniel GUERLAIN, Collectors and Founders of the Prize.


Silvia Bächli, Switzerland (2007), Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Chile (2009), Catharina Van Eetvelde, Belgium (2010), Marcel Van Eeden, Netherlands (2011), Jorinde Voigt, Germany (2012), Susan Hefuna, Germany (2013), Tomasz Kowalski, Poland (2014), Jockum Nordström, Sweden (2015), Cameron Jamie, United States (2016), Ciprian Muresan, Romania (2017), Mamma Andersson, Sweden (2018), Claire Morgan, Irland (2019), Juan Uslé (2020).



The nominated artists for the 14th edition of The Daniel and Florence Guerlain Drawing Prize, on December 10th 2020 are:

  • Martin DAMANN
    Born in 1965 | German
    Represented by the In Situ-Fabienne Leclerc (Romainville) and Barbara Thumm (Berlin) galleries.
  • Erik van LIESHOUT
    Born in 1968 | Dutch
    Represented by the galleries Guido W. Baudach (Berlin), Annet Gelink (Amsterdam), Krinzinger (Vienna) and Anton Kern (New York).
  • Françoise PÉTROVITCH
    Born in 1964 | French
    Represented by the Semiose gallery (Paris).


The announcement of the winner was made by video on Thursday March 25th 2020.

The Jury for the 14th Florence and Daniel Guerlain Foundation’s Drawing Prize has voted by e-mail.

The winner of the 14th Prize is Françoise Pétrovitch


German artist, born 1965 in Friedrichshafen, he lives and works in Berlin. Studied at the Berlin University of the Arts. Represented by the In Situ-Fabienne Leclerc (Romainville) and Barbara Thumm (Berlin) galleries.

Through his drawings and watercolors, Martin Dammann revisits history and his own memories. He lets himself be penetrated by moments that have fomented the destiny of men, before the virtuosity of his gesture goes beyond what the image wants to tell us. Martin Dammann works, most of the time, based on photographic sources.

Jeder Im Jeweils,2020
aquarelle et stylo sur papier, 195 x 289 cm.
Courtesy:the artist/Barbara Thumm Gallery, Berlin.©Martin Dammann.


Dutch artist, born in 1968 in Deurne, he lives and works in Rotterdam. Studied at the Academy of Art and Design St. Joost and De Ateliers. Represented by the galleries Guido W. Baudach (Berlin), Annet Gelink (Amsterdam), Krinzinger (Vienna) and Anton Kern (New York).

Through his drawings and collages, intentionally acerbic and engaged, Erik van Lieshout questions the purpose of art and the very function of the creator, asserting that he does have a role to play in our society. Some of Erik van Lieshout's drawings sometimes flirt with the art of caricature.

Untitled, 2020
papier vinyle et crayon sur papier,
180 x 320 cm.
Courtesy Annet Gelink
Gallery, Amsterdam ©Michel Claus

14th Prize laureate

French artist, born in 1964 in Paris. Self-taught, she lives and works in Cachan. Represented by the Semiose gallery (Paris).

Revisiting the classics of art history, Françoise Pétrovitch's subjects develop in a balance between past and present, signified or implied, which emphasizes the spontaneity of her gesture and the looseness of her washes. Françoise Pétrovitch works a lot in series. The artist designs small formats in pencil, while inks and washes are deployed on large sheets of paper placed on the floor. Indeed, Françoise Pétrovitch's material is very liquid, in the physical and metaphorical sense. Switching from one medium to another, she likes her models to develop fluidly.

Herbier, Sans titre, 1994
collage et crayon de couleur sur papier, 21 x 21,4 cm.
Courtesy Semiose, Paris. ©A. Mole

The Drawing Prize in figures

14 editions since its launch
The Contemporary Drawing Prize was launched in 2006. It became annual as from 2009.
3 artists nominated for each edition
7 experts for the selection committee

The candidates are selected by a committee composed of seven experts.


9 collectors in the jury

The winner is chosen by a jury comprising nine members, including the two founders and seven private collectors, either French or foreign.
The jury is renewed for each prize. (Vote by secret ballot).


1 laureate

The Drawing Prize is awarded to an artistic work. The laureate receives an endowment of 15.000 euros and the two other selected artists receive an endowment of 5.000 euros each. A work by the laureate is offered to a French institution by the Foundation.



The Drawing Prize’s Sponsors

The Cercle des Amis of the Daniel & Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation
The Foundation’s support group, the ‘Cercle’ is strongly committed to the prize that it assists at every stage.

NEUFLIZE OBC, www.neuflizeobc.fr

A benchmark Private Bank, the Banque Neuflize OBC strives to preserve artistic heritage in its capacity as a ‘Grand Mécène’, (Grand Patron of the Arts), a title awarded to it by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. The Bank, which received the Oscar for cultural patronage in 2012, has supported the drawing prize since 2006.


ARTCURIAL, www.artcurial.com

The Auction House has been associated with the drawing prize since its creation. It staunchly supports the expansion of a prize that emphasizes and promotes the importance of a medium occupying a significantly growing place in contemporary art.


AXA ART, www.axa-art.fr

World leader in art insurance and the art of living, AXA ART assists collectors in matters of protection and conservation. Its support for the prize illustrates its unfailing commitment to those who choose to live out their passion.


GUERLAIN, www.guerlain.fr

Art is ubiquitous in the Guerlain family, which has always patronized the most avant-garde artists of their era. The contemporary drawing prize created by Daniel and Florence Guerlain illustrates the creative audacity of this famous brand.


VOISIN CONSULTING LIFE SCIENCES,www.voisinconsulting.com

A consulting firm for the development of pharmaceutical, biotech and medtech products as well as regulatory strategy, Voisin Consulting helps innovative enterprises optimize the value of their product.  It operates in Europe (France, United Kingdom and Switzerland), the United States and India.


GROUPE ELYSÉES MONCEAU, www.elysees-monceau.fr


ARTPRICE, www.artprice.com



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