This private tour of Paris has been specially designed for Watts Gallery Patrons and will bring unique insight into both the art of G F Watts and Paris in the 19th century.
Watts initially visited Paris in the 1850s when Baron Haussmann's wide boulevards were first being laid out. By the time he and his wife Mary Watts visited the city on their honeymoon in the 1880s, Paris had been transformed into what the critic Walter Benjamin later called “the capital of the nineteenth century". Paris became a centre for the appreciation of Watts: his art formed a key feature of the great Expositions Universelles, at which the retiring Englishman was recognised as a crucial forerunner of European Symbolism.
Central to the appeal of Paris was its wealth of artists' studios, from cramped little rooms to huge palatial artists' houses. As Watts Gallery - Artists' Village opens the Watts Studios at Limnerslease, and continues to lead in the development of an international network of Artist's Studio Museums, our tour will take us to a series of surviving artists' studios and houses in Paris and its surrounding region. From the elegant Left Bank home of the great Romantic painter Delacroix, to the amazing double-storey studio-home of Moreau, to the rural setting of Barbizon, we will be reliving the nineteenth-century's love affair with the studio as a place of utopian idealism and artistic innovation.
You will be staying in deluxe rooms at the boutique 4-star Hotel Pont Royal on the Left Bank, just off the Rue du Bac and in the heart of Paris' chic St Germain district. The hotel is within easy walking distance of key museums, as well as excellent restaurants, cafes and shops.
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