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Louvre Private Tour: 
18th Century French Painting

The French 18th century is historically a century of changes. It was also the case in arts. Discover this attaching and shining period with a licensed guide lecturer thanks to our 2-hour Le Louvre 18th-century French painting private tour. 

Photo of Boucher painting representing a pastoral landscapes with watermill to illustrate a Le Louvre 18th century French Painting private tour, Paris, France.

François Boucher is with Antoine Watteau and Honoré Fragonard a reference for 18th-century Rococo. Le Louvre owns a lot of Boucher paintings as pastoral landscapes with watermill, a popular theme also visible in other museums as on the photo (L.A. Getty version)

Le Louvre 18th century French Painting private tour essentials  

  1. Guided tour in English
  2. From 90 € for 1 to 2 people, 115 € for 3 etc.
  3. Really private 2-hour tour
  4. A group of maximum 6 people exclusively yours (your party only)
  5. Flexible time schedule
  6. M.Phil.-level local licensed guide lecturer

What’s in the tour?



Drawing Versus Color



Why the 18th Century French Painting?

Because the French 18th century is called “le siècle des lumières“, literally the “century of lights” which is called in English the Age of Enlightenment, a brilliant period then.

Nevertheless this century is also in France a century of great changes. A century which begins with Louis XIV absolutism, which then saw France losing is dominant position for the benefit of England and finally came the French Revolution, the fall of the monarchy and the begging of the Napoleonic period.

You will discover in this tour that in terms of changes the world of painting was not outdone. The French 18th century in painting is very astonishing: a firework of innovations under the strict control of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sculptures. 

Content of the Tour

  • Frivolity of the Regency and the reign of Louis  XV: the Rococo style with Francois Boucher its most famous représentant
  • The still lifes of Chardin
  • The multifaceted talents of Fragonard pupil of Boucher and Chardin
  • Invention of the fête galante (courtship party) painted by Watteau
  • The Neoclassical reaction
  • The influence of the new ideas of the Enlightenment on arts
  • Greuze moralistic genre painting
  • How the notion of portrait changed along the 18th century
  • Elisabeth Vigé Lebrun a woman at the academy
  • The Landscape: with the “Scenes of the harbors of France” a series of paintings by Joseph Vernet 
  • The early stirring of Romantiscm with the ruin paintings (capricci) of Hubert Robert  

Don’t miss the opportunity to follow our Le louvre 18th century French painting private TOUR 
To discover thE Artistic side of the French century of light!

Other Le Louvre French Paintings Private Tours

This 18th-century French painting tour is  part of a cycle of  four:

Knowing that for the second half of the 19th century, you will have to follow our Musée d’Orsay Private tour (covering the period from 1850 to 1914). So do not hesitate to contact us if you want to follow the full cycle.

Prepare Your 18th-Century French Painting Guided Tour

Learn already how to recognize Rococo From previous Baroque:

  • Subject: from sacred to frivolity 
  • Portrait: from formal representation to character & personality
  • Form: from symmetry to asymmetrical curves 

The new style is also recognizable to the wide use of flower ornamentations and warm pastel colors (as light blue or green).

Things to know before Booking

Your Private Licensed Guide in Paris

  • Certified French national guide
  • BA, Magna Cum Laude, Heritage Developpement & Preservation from Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers
  • Postgraduate from Paris-Dauphine University
  • Member of Paris Historique Association

Le Louvre 18th-Century French Painting Highlights

  • Really private 2-hour tour for you and your party only.
  • A comprehensive introduction to 18th-century French painting
  • The opportunity to ask your dedicated guide any related questions.

Meeting Point

Inside the museum 

Access: line 1 station Palais Royal


Le Louvre 18th-Century French Painting Private Tour Attention Points

  • Tour is on foot
  • Prices do not include transportation, food, drinks or any other extra services
  • Museum tickets: are not included in the price – meeting point is inside the Museum 
  • Tour duration & content are purely indicative, they may vary due to contingencies
  • Private tour  means a tour for you & your party only, not that the museum is privatized

BoOk your Louvre Private Tour

Choose below your tour: You will then be  asked : -> choose the number of people, date & hours of visit -> after our validation-> pay on line.

Choose below your tour

You will then be  asked : 

  • choose number of people, date & hour of visit
  • after our validation
  • pay on line
Rococo nude by painter François Boucher to illustrate the Louvre private tour in Paris

Nude was also a recurrent theme in Boucher’s Rococo

The Louvre, Paris, France

Le Louvre northern entry