Pierre-Joseph Redoute (1759-1840) was forever in high demand. Official court draftsman to Queen Marie Antoinette (who purportedly summoned him at midnight to paint a cactus), and later a favorite of Josephine Bonaparte, the artist brought flowers to the highest of places, and offset the chaotic upheaval of the French Revolution with the delicacy of perfectly drawn petals.This reprint brings together 144 examples of Redoute's flower, branch, and fruit drawings. Originally published between 1827 and 1833, these precise yet tender illustrations are as delightful as they are informative, recording some of the most delicate plant specimens in the world and evoking the bygone magnificence of Parisian greenhouses and gardens.
|Publication date:||10th June 2015|
|Author:||H. Walter Lack, Pierre Joseph Redoute|
|Categories:||History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900, Botanical art, Individual artists, art monographs, Watercolours,|
Prof. Dr. H. Walter Lack is Director at the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem and Professor at the Free University of Berlin. He has published The Flora Graeca Story, Ofxford 1998, A Garden of Eternity, Berne 2000, and most recently Florilegium Imperiale, Munich 2006.More About H. Walter Lack, Pierre Joseph Redoute