Founded in 1557 by the Montgolfier family in the hamlet of Vidalon, in the heart of the Vivarais region, the Canson® paper mill has always innovated and worked with and for the greatest artists. Picasso, Van Gogh, Matisse, Delacroix, Degas, Warhol … They all used Canson® paper. The brand is also associated with famous papers, such as Montval, made for Aristide Maillol, and Ingres. Recommended by art teachers in all the schools in France and renowned for their tradition of excellence, Canson® papers are the medium of inspiration, creation and artistic or emotional expression for all.
In 2010, wanting to perpetuate and develop the brand's relationship with artists, Canson® moved into the area of patronage and created the Fonds Canson® pour l'Art et le Papier. The fondation was born of our passion for this essential medium and the artists who create using the precious material that will always be synonymous with sensation, emotion, memory, inspiration and, above all, pleasure.
The Fonds Canson® pour l'Art et le Papier aims to promote and support emerging artists who use paper as the medium for their creation and help make it a living, contemporary medium.
It awards the Prix Canson® to an artist chosen by a panel of key figures from the world of art and culture whose work is the fruit of real research in the field of Art and Paper, whatever their favoured technique: drawing, painting, collage, sculpture … (excluding pure photography).