Let's go for this fifteenth edition of the drawing fair! For the occasion, the Museum of Decorative Arts has planned two major exhibitions not to be missed.

The first of these will take place from May 17 to 24, 2022. This will be held within the walls of the museum, rue de Rivoli and will have the theme: “Prud’hon and imperial goldsmithing. A preemption of the Museum of Decorative Arts”. On this occasion, the curious will be able to discover five remarkable drawings by Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, already exhibited in November 2021. These sheets bear witness to the painter's research for two major orders of imperial furniture: the cradle of the King of Rome, son of Napoleon I, and the toilet of the Empress Marie-Louise, executed by the bronzier Pierre-Philippe Thomire and by the goldsmith Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot. 

This exhibition presents the history of these orders and compares these five sheets, recently restored, with other imperial orders from Auguste, Percier and Biennais.

The second will take place at the Salon du Dessin, Palais Brongniart from May 18 to 23, 2022. The theme? “Achille Duchêne and the spectacle of the gardens”. A landscape architect, Achille Duchêne has sometimes been called the "reincarnation" of Louis XIV's gardener. In fact, the art of Henri Duchêne (1841-1902) and his son Achille (1866-1947) profoundly marked our perception of the gardens of the Grand Siècle. Having become a master in the art of reviving the French garden, Achille Duchêne is entrusted, throughout the world, with the gardens of old castles or recent residences in neo-styles, from the Palais-Rose de Boni de Castellane to Paris. at the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild on the Riviera, from the Duke of Malborough's Blenheim Castle near Oxford to the outskirts of San Francisco, California, at Carolands Castle. 

In the 1930s, he developed a passion for collective landscaping and invented surprising dream gardens.

Shortly after his death, his widow Gabrielle offered the museum a magnificent set of 136 emblematic drawings of his research. 23 are exhibited at the Palais Brongniart.


Caption 2: 2. Achille Duchêne and Henri Brabant — Big Trees Blue and white chalk, black chalk, heightened black ink and scratching; thumbtack holes 1930s Gift of the artist's widow, Gabrielle Duchêne, 1949 © Les Arts Décoratifs

Caption 3: 3. Bénédicte Gady — Achille Duchêne and the spectacle of the gardens Éditions des Arts Décoratifs 

Legends 1: . Pierre-Paul Prud'hon — Project for the Cradle of the King of Rome 1810-1811 Black chalk, pen and black ink, gray wash, white chalk, stump on formerly blue paper © Les Arts Décoratifs

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