Q&A with Louis de Bayser, Director of the Salon du Dessin de Paris | Limna
May 15 • Questions for • Words by Limna

Q&A with Louis de Bayser, Director of the Salon du Dessin de Paris

In this edition of Questions For, we talk to Louis de Bayser, Director of the Salon Du Dessin de Paris, an international show dedicated solely to art and drawing that takes place 18-23 May in the French capital. Here he talks about his experience in the art world and some of the key artists and exhibitions to watch out for.

How did you get started doing what you do?

I started working with my parents when I was studying at a French business school. I then worked with my parents along with three of my brothers. We are now the four of us running the gallery.

What’s the first painting you ever bought?

I bought a drawing at the flea market while I was still a student.

Capture.JPGSalon Du Dessin. Photo credits: Tanguy de Montesson.

What’s something you wish you knew when you first started in the art world?

Art History

What’s the most misunderstood aspect of the art market in your opinion?

The difficulty to estimate the works of art. People often think that there is a fixed price for works by a specific artist whereas, for the same artist, prices can vary from 1 to 100 according to the work and the time created.

une-du-site.jpg Eva Jospin, “Panorama” Installation view. Photo credit: Marie Mur.

Which artist are you currently really excited about?

From the past: Pontormo. Present: Eva Jospin.

What’s the last art-related Instagram post you liked or an account you followed?

Guy Boyer and his mixes at Venice during the Biennale: contemporary works along with the palaces and their paintings by Veronese, Tiepolo…

What upcoming exhibition are you looking forward to?

Raphaël at the National Gallery in London.

X10948-A5.jpg Raphael, An Angel, Pen and brown ink over geometrical indications in blind stylus, 17.9 × 20.6 cm, The Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

Tell us about an artist who should be getting more attention.

Marko Velk.

What’s the best piece of art-world advice you’ve ever been given?

Never buy a painting of which a copy is in the Louvre.

How do you gain confidence when buying art?

By following your own feelings towards the work of art you want to buy.

Marko.JPGMarko Velk, Offering, 2019. Charcoal on paper.

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