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   In parallel with my studio practice, I offer a range of high quality guided tours of the following sites:


   - The Musée d'Orsay

   - The Louvre

   - Giverny: The Claude Monet Foundation

   - Folly and Grandeur: Paris in the 19th century


   All tours can be adapted to suite your timetable and your particular interests. Tours may also be combined with a variety of intensive art workshops in my studio to the west of Paris, near Giverny:

   - Customised painting and printmaking workshops.





The Musée d'Orsay:


The shifting artistic battlefield of 19th century France


   Take a fresh look at the turbulent art world of the French 19th century, reflecting the no less turbulent politics of a period stricken with instability and social upheaval. This comprehensive overview of the museum's collection will provide you with an insight into the problems facing each generation of artists and allow you to view their work in the light of their times. From conformism to rebellion and everything in between, we will see some of the greatest names in western art making their stand on one side or the other of a bewildering array of aesthetic, social and political barricades. In a deliberately irreverent approach we will question the long-standing myth of the evil Academy versus the heroic young impressionists, so that you will leave the museum with a broader understanding of this endlessly fascinating age.

   As a practising artist with many years experience copying from the masters I will also shine a spotlight on some of the technical processes behind the works we discuss.


Duration: 3 hours

Price:   250€ per group of up to five participants, entrance tickets included

Contact: jamesking@hotmail.fr


Practical Information :

The Musée d’Orsay is open every day (except Monday) from 9.30 am to 6 pm. Late night on Thursdays until 9.45pm. 


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The Louvre


   This tour traces the evolution of the Louvre from royal palace to the palatial complex of galleries we know today. Starting at the ultra-modern glass pyramid we will travel through time as we see how successive kings, queens, emperors and presidents have left their stamp on the fabric of the palace since the late 12th century.



   Our tour will naturally include the world-famous Venus of Milo, the Winged Victory and the legendary Mona Lisa, each of which I will endeavour to liberate from their accumulated layers of mystification and over-familiarity.

   Along the way we will encounter some of the lesser-known gems of the collection, such as the sumptuous royal reception rooms of Napoleon III or the Medici Cycle paintings by Peter Paul Rubens. It will also be my pleasure to share with you some personal favourites drawn from my thirty year relationship with this magnificent collection.

   As a practising artist with many years experience copying from the masters in the museum I will also highlight some of the technical processes behind the works we discuss.


Duration:  3 hours

Price:   250€ per group of up to five participants, entrance tickets included

Contact: jamesking@hotmail.fr



Practical Information :

The Louvre is open every day (except Tuesday) from 9 am to 6 pm.

Late night on Wednesdays and Fridays until 9.45pm.


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Giverny: The Claude Monet Foundation


     The great Impressionist master moved into this house at the age of forty three at a time when his work was beginning to provide a comfortable living after many years of struggle and penury. He died here at the age of 86 and is buried in the churchyard just a half mile away up the street which now bears his name.

     During the tour we will visit the house and gardens which were the setting and indeed the inspiration for the prolific output of his mature years. We will gain an understanding of the intimate relationship he enjoyed with the landscape which he was increasingly able to shape according to his aesthetic requirements. We will see the extensive collection of Japanese prints which influenced his style and will stroll through the Japanese garden which provided the subject of so much of his later work.

   According to the time available we can also explore the village, taking in the Hotel Baudy, a charming bistro and hotel with a magnificent hillside rose garden. It catered to the colony of mostly American artists attracted to the village by the presence of the master. You might also wish to visit the burial site of Monet and his family in the shadow of the Romanesque church of Sainte Radegonde. These sites are within walking distance of the Monet Foundation.

   A further option, depending on your choice of transportation*, would be to make the short drive east following the river Seine to Vetheuil, where Monet lived prior to Giverny, and to visit some of the sites he painted during his three year residence there.

 (*transport not included)





House and Gardens tour duration: 2 hours

Price:  230€ per group of up to five participants,

entrance tickets included

Extended tour duration: 3 hours

Price:  300€ per group of up to five participants, entrance tickets included 


Contact: jamesking@hotmail.fr


Practical Information :

The Claude Monet Foundation is open every day from April 1st to November 1st, from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm.


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Folly and Grandeur: Paris in the 19th century


   Come and explore a century of extraordinary political and social upheaval which radically transformed the city of Paris. Starting at the Palais-Royal in the first arrondissement, we will trace the city's rapid development from the labyrinthine confusion of an essentially mediaeval ground plan to the elegant jewel we know today, criss-crossed with broad tree-lined boulevards and dotted with cheerful parks and squares. The ruthlessness and audacity required to effect this transformation were found in abundance in the personalities of the Emperor Napoleon III and his appointee as prefect of the Seine, the Baron Haussmann. These qualities, combined with an exquisite sense of urban beauty and powered by the industrial revolution at full steam have bequeathed to us a uniquely exciting metropolis which is endlessly fascinating to explore on foot.

   Our tour will also encompass the Opéra Garnier, veritable centrepiece of the Emperor's grand design, and the palatial department stores of the Galeries Lafayette and the Printemps which catered to the growing spending power of the middle classes and the nouveaux riches. We will also gain an understanding of the origins of the Haussmann style dating back two centuries to the reign of Louis XIV.


Duration: 3 hours

Price:   250€ per group of up to five participants, entrance tickets for the Opéra Garnier included

Contact: jamesking@hotmail.fr


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Customised painting and printmaking workshops


   My fully equipped painting and printmaking studio is at your disposal for workshops adapted to your specific requirements. Whether you'd like to learn the rudiments of a new technique or enhance your understanding of a particular medium, my three decades of experience will help you achieve your creative goals. You decide on the length and content of the workshop, and I will provide the expertise and materials. Local accommodation can be arranged at your own cost.





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Suggested modules:

Painting in oils

Preparation of supports for painting in oils

Drawing in charcoal

Copper plate engraving (burin)

Drypoint etching on plexiglass


Basic price per eight hour day

1 person: 250€

Group of up to four participants: 500€

Contact: jamesking@hotmail.fr



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