The Floral Art of Pierre-Joseph Redouté

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Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840) is the best known botanical artist of any era. Described as both the 'Rembrandt' and the 'Raphael' of flowers by 19th-century writers, Redouté brought the tradition of botanical painting to its apogee. Born in the Belgian Ardennes he studied the work of earlier Flemish and Dutch floral artists, and when in Paris studied botany. He was given special access to the gardens at Versailles by Marie Antoinette, and to those of Malmaison by the Empress Josephine.

His greatest works are his carefully observed and supremely delicate watercolours on vellum and parchment, but he also painted in oils and illustrated more than 50 botanical books with colour prints. This book accompanied the 1992 exhibition in the USA of the work of artist.

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a refreshing examination of some of the highpoints of a distinguished career (House & Garden)

this gorgeous volume will open the eyes of readers for whom the Frenchman's exquisite flower paintings merely adorn the walls of genteel country hotels (Independent)

Described as both the Rembrandt and Raphael of flowers by 19th century writers ... Redoute's paintings display flawless brushwork and his productivity was legendary ... The use of vellum lends his paintings freshness and luminosity, giving them a timeless quality 200 years on and make this collection a must for botanical art lovers (Artists & Illustrators)

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Marianne Roland-Michel is a noted specialist on 18th-century French painting and author of the standard book on Watteau.

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