Director: José de la Mano
Although Old Master drawings by Spanish artists have only very recently become a subject of interest to international collectors, DE LA MANO has been active in Spain since 1995, advising numerous private and institutional collections on their acquisitions of works on paper.
Traditional art-historical opinion with regard to Spanish drawings has frequently repeated the notion that the brilliance of Spanish artists was exclusively confined to preliminary sketches for final compositions. However, through the series of catalogues Trazos de las Lucesand FECIT, which the gallery has regularly published since 2002, we have attempted to assist in refuting this widely extended but erroneous opinion. Employing rigorous criteria of attribution, conservation and provenance, these publications have presented an extremely large number of previously unpublished drawings by great Spanish artists and by foreign artists working in Spain.
In recent years the gallery’s active focus on the study of the 16th- to 18th-century Spanish school has expanded to include another school that has been totally overlooked by the art market and art historians, namely that of the artists active during the colonial period in the various Spanish viceroyalties in Latin America.
As part of our committed intention to disseminate and internationalise knowledge of Spanish and colonial drawings, over the last decade DE LA MANO has regularly participated in the following fairs: Master Drawings London, Master Drawings New York, and more recently in London Art Week and Fine Art Paris.
As a result of this activity we have sold important drawings to institutions closely associated with Spanish art, including the Museo Nacional del Prado, The Hispanic Society and the Meadows Museum, in addition to many other European museums such as the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, the Ashmolean Museum, the British Museum and the Musée du Louvre, and finally to institutions in the United States including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Morgan Library and the Getty Museum.
Due to the gravity of the international situation resulting from the spread of COVID-19 and in order to protect the health of all parties concerned, we have decided to cancel the 29th edition of the Salon du dessin.
France officially declared a state of health emergency on 24 March for two months and there are still numerous uncertainties regarding the evolution of the pandemic over the coming months. These factors make it impossible to reprogram the Salon before the summer of 2020 and the Salon du dessin, which usually attracts numerous other events in Paris for a week, will therefore not take place this year.
Louis de Bayser, President of the Salon du dessin said “this is a difficult decision to take with regard to all those who worked hard for this edition, but our priority is to protect the health of all our exhibitors, visitors and partners”.
We send our thoughts to all those affected by this epidemic and hope that this unprecedented health situation will quickly change favorably.
The organizers of the Fair