Charles Le Brun — Project for the ceiling of the Grand Cabinet du roi in the Tuileries C. 1665-1671 Acquisition, 1891 © MAD, Paris
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Charles Le Brun — Project for the ceiling of the Grand Cabinet du roi in the Tuileries C. 1665-1671 Acquisition, 1891 © MAD, Paris
Pierre Chareau — Study – library of the French Embassy 1925 Donation by René Herbst, 1961 © MAD, Paris
Auguste Rodin — Centaur and Child C. 1890. Auguste Rodin Donation, 1908 © MAD, Paris
Alphons Maria Mucha — Project of a miniature for the pendant of a large corsage brooch C. 1899-1900. Acquisition, 1994 © MAD, Paris
Marguerite Porracchia — Mme Simone dressed by Jeanne Lanvin 1920-1922 Donation by Bruno Gaudensi and Sandra Nahum, 2013. © Marguerite Porrachia
Pierre-Paul Prud’hon — Nude young man, 1st quarter of the 19th century. Donation in memory of Mr. Émile Perrin, member of the Institut, by his son Émile, 1909 © MAD, Paris / Photograph: Jean Tholance

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs celebrates the richness of its Cabinet of Drawings with an exceptional exhibition showcasing masterpieces from its current collection. With more than 200,000 works ranging from the 16th century to present day, and from Europe and all the way to Japan, the museum’s collection is one of the largest in the world. Drawings by Masters such as Le Brun, Watteau, Fragonard, Degas and Rodin are displayed alongside the work of ornamentalists and decorators like Chareau and Royère, in addition to jewelry and haute couture designs.

500 works of art have been selected to showcase the collection’s diversity. The exhibition is presented in the form of a symbolic alphabet representative of the major themes of the art of drawing for example, “A” for Architecture; “D” for Decor; “S” for Seduction, and so forth).


Drawings Without Reserves is on view from the 23rd of June 2020 until the 31st of January 2021.

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