Redoute. Selection of the Most Beautiful Flowers
Pierre-Joseph Redoute (1759-1840) devoted himself exclusively to the task of capturing the diversity of the flowering plants in naturalistic watercolor paintings. He worked in Paris as a botanical illustrator for rich patrons for nearly half a century, during which he documented ... read full description below.
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He was known as the 'Raphael of flowers' and rightly so: Pierre-Joseph Redoute (1759-1840) devoted himself exclusively to the task of capturing the diversity of the flowering plants in naturalistic watercolor paintings. He worked in Paris as a botanical illustrator for rich and influential patrons for nearly half a century, during which he documented remarkable, rare plants and flora new to the science of his day. Nearly all of his watercolors were published as copper engravings in large formats and launched on the market with botanical descriptions as sumptuously designed publications in small editions that are today extremely rare and superlative collector's items. The Choix des plus belles fleures et quelques branches des plus beaux fruits ( Selection of the Most Beautiful Blooms and Branches with the Finest Fruits ), issued in 36 parts between 1827 and 1833 is a late work of Redoute's, in which he published 144 hand-colored stipple engravings of his best representations of flora in revised form along with a few novelty items. It conveys a glimpse of the long-vanished magnificence of the greenhouses and gardens in and around Paris which delighted the elite of France in the first part of the 19th century.
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||Meravigliosa magia dei libri, hai colpito ancora! Se volete dirlo con i fiori, beh... stavolta ditelo con un libro. Non ve ne pentirete. ...not just a `coffee-table' book but a useful tool for scholars. If like me, you've been a lifelong lover of flowers, you will love to lose yourself in the pages of this beautiful book...this is quite simply one of the most beautiful flower books that we have ever seen... We love the tactile nature of this book. The weight, size and quality of the paper brings to life this wonderful collection of drawings, originally published between 1827 and 1833. The pages reveal a quality, precision and appreciation of flowers that illustrate the love and passion of Redoute... Informative, delightful and beautifully presented, we'll keep a copy at the McQueens Flower school library to be enjoyed by our students from near and far - but I'll still have to have my own copy to cherish at home! ...If you can't make it to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, this is a brilliant alternative - minus the crowds. ...a gorgeous compendium work from TASCHEN. Detailing the rise of Redoute and flower painting in general, and the importance of botanical records for both science and personal prestige, it is a marvellous wander through the species that were flooding into Paris at the time, plucked both from nearby French meadows and far-flung hillsides in Greece, China and South America.
||Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)
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.