The Roses

The Roses

The Complete Plates

Book - 2007
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TASCHEN's 25th anniversary - Special edition! The refined and revered tradition of botanical illustration, produced under aristocratic patronage, stretches back to the Renaissance. It emerged out of the desire to catalogue nature in all its wild splendour, and it was a process that demanded the most precise and skilful of artists. French flower painter Pierre-Joseph Redout? is often viewed as one of the last and the best of these painters and engravers. Commissioned by among others, Napoleon's Josephine, Redout? studied with the finest flower painters in France and Amsterdam, and developed a breathtaking skill at translating his observations of nature onto paper. His illustrations of the botanical alphabets of D.-M. Guillamain were a landmark in flower painting for their accuracy and beauty. He was also an innovator in the techniques of printing, introducing ""stipple-engraving"" to France, always striving for greater exactitude in his art. This is a glorious and completely faithful reproduction of his most celebrated work Les Roses, which was published in three volumes between 1817 and 1824. In Les Roses he turns his attention to that most romantic and evocative of subjects, and this handsome volume preserves every detail of Redout?'s masterful representation of nature's gifts. ""Splendid roses of timeless beauty. A jewel, and not just for rose-lovers."" Stuttgarter Zeitung, Germany
Publisher: Koln : Taschen, ©2007
ISBN: 9783822838105
3822838101
Branch Call Number: 743.7 R31r2
Characteristics: 203 pages : color illustrations ; 34 cm
Additional Contributors: Schulz, Barbara
Hinz, Petra-Andrea

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May 02, 2018

Born in Saint-Hubert, Belgium (1759) - Pierre-Joseph Redouté was a painter and botanist known for his watercolours of roses, lilies and other flowers at Malmaison. He was nicknamed "The Raphael of Flowers" and has been called the greatest botanical illustrator of all time.

Redoute was an official court artist of Queen Marie Antoinette, and he continued painting through the French Revolution and Reign of Terror. Redouté survived the turbulent political upheaval to gain international recognition for his precise renderings of plants, which remain as fresh in the early 21st century as when first painted.

In his lifetime - Redouté produced over 2,100 published plates depicting over 1,800 different species of plants, many never rendered before. Today he is seen as an important heir to the tradition of the Flemish and Dutch flower painters, such as Brueghel, and de Heem.

This impressive volume gives you an excellent look at the sheer beauty of Redoute's artwork.

*Note* - In 1840 - Pierre-Joseph Redoute (80 at the time) died of a heart attack.

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