Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Salon du Dessin


Yesterday, thanks to ADHD I ended up at the wrong venue for Eternal Mucha

Never mind. A bowl of soupe d’oignon & start over.

Just across town at Palais Brongniart enfin la Salon du Dessin
The annual drawing exhibition starts off on the first day of Spring and a week of drawing shows in Paris.
The fresh floral bouquets 💐 are always a treat in the 39 gallery stands at the Salon.
But we are here for immersion in drawings ✏️
A group of wonderfully casual Bonnard sketches.
A nonchalant doodle by Henri-Edmond Cross.
The range of old master drawings (…a Steinlen slipped in there…)
To more modern works by Morandi and Sonia Delaunay makes everyone happy.
There were many happy people last night

Attending the vernissage.   
Clearly Parisians love ❤️ drawings 🖼 There is a long French tradition of collecting and admiring works on paper at the Salon.
Honoré Daumier did so many wonderful drawings 
Of Parisians at exhibitions.
Beautiful birds.
I was startled by this simple but elegant pencil drawing of a bottle of milk by John Singer Sargent, so famous for his dazzling watercolors.
A window view by Vuillard, something you might see everyday yet never notice its intrinsic beauty. 
That’s what drawings are about. 
Looking again at this sunny Bonnard…maybe a preparatory sketch for a larger oil painting…maybe a fresh doodle done while sitting on the grass, surrounded by friends and family with no plans for further development. 
Doodles often are more revealing and interesting than the finished painting.
A doodle I did while listening to Once in a Lifetime. Do you doodle?
A- preparatory doodle for the new letter
The Paris letter 💌 is in la poste 📬 🤸🏾‍♀️🍾🎉


  1. Anonymous6:56 AM

    Those sketches are just wonderful! A.

  2. Anonymous7:39 AM

    This drawing exhibition! PB

  3. I can see by the large group of people present that this was a popular exhibit. I think doodling itself is art.

    1. Anonymous10:03 AM

      Anyone can doodle and should. It’s good for you 👍 !

    2. Anonymous12:30 PM

      Doodling for stress relief and improved focusSpontaneous drawings may also relieve psychological distress, making it easier to attend to things. We like to make sense of our lives by making up coherent stories, but sometimes there are gaps that cannot be filled, no matter how hard we try. Doodles fill these gaps, possibly by activating the brain’s “time travel machine,” allowing it to find lost puzzle pieces of memories, bringing them to the present, and making the picture of our lives more whole again. With this greater sense of self and meaning, we may be able to feel more relaxed and concentrate more.

  4. Bonnie L8:46 AM

    A bowl of onion soup cures all ills! Love the sketches.

    1. Anonymous9:55 AM

      It certainly helps when you end up on the wrong side of town 👍

  5. Anonymous9:54 AM

    Beautiful. I so enjoyed this post. The Morandi drawings and the Sergeant milk among my favorites. Thank you! Pam

    1. Anonymous9:54 AM

      So unexpected..Sargent was just like us 😊 🥛

  6. Anonymous9:59 AM

    We went to a Mucha show at Musée du Luxembourg, which was very impressive, then every time we were on the bus we would pass Café Mucha on Blvd St Germain. It seemed like a sign. 😆 Dorrance

    1. Anonymous10:00 AM

      This Mucha show was one of those immersive things with videos and music only - no actual artworks 🖼

  7. Anonymous10:02 AM

    That John Singer Sargent! ❤️❤️ Chelmsley

  8. Anonymous11:24 AM

    Wonderful. Thanks as always Carol P.

  9. I love the Daumier sketch. Maybe I need to start doodling.

    1. Anonymous3:25 PM

      Youtube has many how-to doodle videos, along with The Harvard Health letter. And TEDX lectures One doodle lecture has 36 million!

  10. Anonymous3:23 PM

    Where did those drawings come from? Jane G.

    1. Anonymous3:27 PM

      The 39 galleries were from all over Europe,UK & US it was fun to hear Italian spoken. The list is on the Salon website. Link above

  11. Anonymous3:28 PM

    There are always so many things going on in Paris - and your newsletter is the guide! Gabby

  12. Anonymous1:55 PM

    What a delightful offering!! Especially appreciated by me who likes to draw. Thank you, Carol!!

    1. Anonymous1:55 PM

      Definitely a drawer’s dream ✏️

  13. What a great exhibition, doodles are very interesting and I do love simple pictures of the ordinary like the milk bottle and glass. I’m also a fan of onion soup and those bouquets of flowers!
    I don’t doodle but after reading the info you posted maybe I should start! I do have a large collection of nice but empty notebooks….

    1. Anonymous5:00 AM

      Please give it a try Kirra 👍✏️ You will be surprised that you CAN draw and enjoy it 🤸🏾‍♀️


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