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An exhibition on artists and paper from the 15th century to the present day, presented by the Louvre and Canson.

This exhibition brings together some sixty works dating from the 15th century to the present day. Organized in five sections, it illustrates the essential role of paper in the art of drawing, and demonstrates the range of its aesthetic potential, be it white, colored, transparent, oiled, ribbed, watermarked, cut, torn, distressed, or recycled.

The first section is devoted to colored papers: pink, with works by Botticelli, Degas, and Robert Barry; blue, with works including a drawing by Lavinia Fontana; and oils on paper, a very popular medium from the 18th century onward.

The second section explores the metamorphoses of paper: composite sheets by Rubens, glued paper by Braque and Picasso, gouache cut-outs by Matisse…

The third presents papers chosen for the effects they can create (made on demand or produced to meet the requirements of a specific graphic technique), together with papers reused by artists (such as the back of a cut-out print, or a piece of playing card).

The fourth section is devoted to transparent and transfer paper, with works by Le Brun, Cross, and Pierre Buraglio.

The final section is almost exclusively devoted to late 20th-century works—superimpositions by Claude Viallat, plaited canvases by François Rouan, and distressed papers by Miquel Barceló and Christian Jaccard.

This exhibition is supported by CANSON.

Organized by: Natalie Coural, Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France, with the collaboration of Hélène Grollemund and Dominique Cordellier, Department of Prints and Drawings, Musée du Louvre.

Practical information


Sully wing, 1st floor, Salle de la Chapelle

Included in the museum ticket: € 10

Open every day except Tuesday.

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays).

Further information:

+33 (0)1 40 20 53 17