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18th Century French Painting Louvre Tour

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 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. +/- 2-hour guided tour in English
  2. From 90 € for 1 to 2 people, 115 € for 3 etc.
  3. Really private tour (your party only 6 people max.)
  4. Flexible time schedule
  5. Postgraduate (MPhil) certified French national guide
  6. Availability: not on Tuesdays

Tour with Skip-the-line ticket to buy on line (optionaly we can do it for you).
Skip-the-line-ticket clarification: they are just standard online tickets.


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  

Your Private Tour Guide in Paris

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

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:

  1. Middle Age and Renaissance French painting
  2. 17th-century French Painting
  3. 18th-century French Painting
  4. 19th-century French Painting (first half only)

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

Louvre Tickets, Museum Pass & Skip-the-line Clarifications

A Skip-the-line ticket is just a standard online one. You line for health and security and skip the purchasing line on site ... like nearly everyone else. Louvre website says "All visitors, including those entitled to free admission, must book a time slot. Buy your ticket online on During off-peak times, there may also be a limited number of time slots for same-day visits available for booking at the museum. However ... to guarantee your entry ... we strongly advise booking your time slot in advance online."

"Licenced guides easier access": Since COVID this entry is now reserved for groups of more than 6 people. Officialy, no more priviledge there for tiny private tours.   

Free admission (with online ticket mandatory): Children up to 18 y/o, European ... up to 26 y/o and some other specific situations. Paris Museum Pass: Available on the Pass website, includes the right to reserve a timed ticket on the Louvre website for free.

Attention Points

  • Tour on foot in Louvre's hudge galeries so good health & comfortable shoes are mandatory.
  • Louvre rooms closing without notice may (rarely) happend, so you will be asked during booking to choose a substitution thematique tour in case. 


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

Meeting Point

Easy one Inside the museum (detail during booking)

Access: Metro line 1 station Palais-Royal

Book your Louvre Private Tour

Just request the date, time, number of people you want for your Louvre tour in our calendar  and follow the below 4 steps online easy process.   

(1) Receive our OK email (free reservation valid 48 hours)

(2) Buy your Louvre tickets on line (compatible schedule)

(3) Once you have your ticket pay your tour on line

(4) Receive our
confirmation (email)

Nota bene : Step (1) free reservation is lost if no step (3) payment received after 48h. Buy your ticket on Louvre official web site. Louvre is closed on Tuesdays. Open hours:  9 am - 6 pm. Any exit is final.
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

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