Pierre-Joseph Redoute

Published in Pierre-Joseph Redouté's Les Roses, Paris 1817 - 1824. A PLATE FROM ONE OF THE FINEST FLOWER BOOKS EVER PRINTED. Beautifully framed. More.

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Pierre-Joseph Redouté
Les Roses
1817

Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759 - 1841) came to begin his masterpiece by way of draftsman in the Queen's Cabinet of Marie Antoinette and official flower painter to the Musée d'Histoire Naturelle (a position which helped him to survive the French Revolution), More.

Rosa Pimpinelli Folia Pumila, Petit Rosier Pimprinelle

A ROSE FIT FOR AN EMPRESS:
Rosa Pimpinelli Folia Pumila, Petit Rosier Pimprinelle

A splendid example from Redouté's immensely important botanical work Les Roses engraved by the à la poupée colour stipple method by Chapuy and superbly printed by N. Rémond after one of the original 169 paintings of roses in the gardens of the Empress Josephine at Malmaison outside Paris. Published in Pierre-Joseph Redouté Les Roses, Paris 1817 - 1824. A PLATE FROM ONE OF THE FINEST FLOWER BOOKS EVER PRINTED. Beautifully framed.

Hand-ragged with French lines and panel, Museum quality matts, filet, glazed, Giltwood frame.
13 ¼" x 9 7/8" (33.6 cm x 55.1 cm) Frame 24 ½" x 20 ½"

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Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759 - 1841) came to begin his masterpiece by way of draftsman in the Queen's Cabinet of Marie Antoinette and official flower painter to the Musée d'Histoire Naturelle (a position which helped him to survive the French Revolution) leading to his appointment as flower painter to the Empress Josephine at a salary of 18,000 francs (about $50,000 today).

The publication of Les Roses was a costly venture at 750 francs each (approx. the value of this single image today).

Redouté was unquestionably the foremost French botanical illustrator of his age -- indeed, many say of any age. He enjoyed a unique position of favour both before and after the Revolution with both aristocrats and peasants alike.

His matchless artistry was also admired by Audubon, who made a special trip to Redouté's studio in Paris to exchange work with him. A keen observer and teacher to the end, as he lay impoverished upon his death bead at the age of 82, a student placed a flower into his hand to study. He knew both great hardship and vast wealth during his interesting life, but he has left he world an incalculable legacy through the richness of his botanical images and particularly Les Roses & Les Liliacées .

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