Pierre Joseph Redoute (1759-1840)
Described both as the “Rembrandt” and the “Raphael” of Flowers by Nineteenth Century writers, Redoute occupies a central position in the development of European botanical art. Born into a family of artists, Redoute’s talents were recognized and encouraged from an early age. He studied botany with the noted naturalist Heritier de Brutelle, and learned the technique of painting in watercolor on vellum from Gerard van Spaendonck, Flower Painter to the King. By this master painter’s own account, his pupil’s work was finer. Redoute had, as pupils or patrons, five queens and empresses of France, from Marie Antoinette to Empress Josephine and her successor, Marie-Louise.
Exquisitely Well Done. Well Framed and Matted.
H- 14.75 x L- 12 x D-.5