Pierre Joseph Redouté

Size: 14 x 21 inches - Original Stipple Engravings
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Choix Plus Belles Fleurs
Morning Glory
Date: 1827-1833
Price: Upon Request
Print Code: Borec001

Choix Plus Belles Fleurs
Wallflower
Date: 1827-1833
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Print Code: Borec002

Choix Plus Belles Fleurs
China Aster
Date: 1827-1833
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Print Code: Borec003

Choix Plus Belles Fleurs
Broad Leaved Anemone
Date: 1827-1833
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Print Code: Borec004

Choix Plus Belles Fleurs
Campion
Date: 1827-1833
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Print Code: Borec005

Jardin de la Malmaison
Australian Tobacco
Date: 1802-1803
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Print Code: Borem010

Jardin de la Malmaison
Yellow Lady's Slipper
Date: 1802-1803
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Print Code: Borem020

Jardin de la Malmaison
Bower of Beauty
Date: 1802-1803
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Print Code: Borem045

Jardin de la Malmaison
Rafnia Triflora
Date: 1802-1803
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Print Code: Borem048

Jardin de la Malmaison
Acacia Bark
Date: 1802-1803
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Print Code: Borem061

Jardin de la Malmaison
Prickly Moses
Date: 1802-1803
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Print Code: Borem063

Jardin de la Malmaison
Crimson Crotalaria
Date: 1802-1803
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Print Code: Borem066

Jardin de la Malmaison
Wall-flower
Date: 1802-1803
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Print Code: Borem083

Jardin de la Malmaison
Viper's Bugloss
Date: 1802-1803
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Print Code: Borem097

Jardin de la Malmaison
Dusky Coral Pea
Date: 1802-1803
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Print Code: Borem104

Jardin de la Malmaison
Phlox
Date: 1802-1803
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Print Code: Borem107

Jardin de la Malmaison
Icicle Plant
Date: 1802-1803
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Print Code: Borem109

Jardin de la Malmaison
Wonnich
Date: 1802-1803
Price: Upon Request
Print Code: Borem115

Jardin de la Malmaison
St. John's-Wort
Date: 1802-1803
Price: Upon Request
Print Code: Borem118

These magnificent and extremely rare stipple engravings have been selected from a a French work entitled "Jardin de la Malmaison", published in 1803 under the supervision of Ventenat and P.J. Redouté and from another masterpiece of thé period, "Choix des plus belles fleurs prises dans différentes familles du règne végétal", published in Paris, Librairie Encyclopédique de Roret, in 1835.

These Redouté masterpiece iare one of his technically finest and botanicaly most important works. "This series of magnificent coloured plates, "Jardins de la Malmaison", constitute the highest peak of Redouté artistic and botanical achievement; one of the most important monuments of botanical illustration ever to be published ... This magnificent publication brings Redouté to the top of his artistic career and amply justifies his fame as one of the most eminent botanical illustrators of all time" (Stafleu in Hunt, Catalogue of Redouteriana).

Color stipple engraving, a pointillist technique, in which images are conveyed by a series of etched dots and the open space between them, rather than by a series of lines, was to become the hallmark of Redouté later printed work. The process was originally developed in France in the late eighteenth century, but was initially popularized in England by W. W. Ryland and Francesco Bartolozzi. Redouté claimed to have invented the process of using stipple engraving to print multiple colors on a single plate in 1796 - a claim which was upheld in the French courts and earned him a medal from King Louis XVIII. In 1804 Pierre-Joseph was appointed 'Painter to Josephine, Empress of the French'. He was paid 18,000 francs a year (a significant sum!). During this time he purchased a property at Fleury-Meudon. The Empress visited him at Fleury-Meudon and presented him with a chestnut and a cedar tree. The cedar tree can still be seen today.
Pierre-Joseph Redouté (10 July 1759 in Saint-Hubert, Belgium – 19 June 1840 in Paris), was a Belgian painter and botanist, known for his watercolors of roses, lilies and other flowers at Malmaison. He was nicknamed "The Raphael of flowers".

He was an official court artist of Queen Marie Antoinette and he continued painting through the French Revolution, 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.
Paris was the cultural and scientific centre of Europe during an outstanding period in botanical illustration (1798–1837), one noted for the publication of several folio books with coloured plates. Enthusiastically, Redouté became an heir to the tradition of the Flemish and Dutch flower painters Brueghel, Ruysch, Van Huysumand, de Heem. Redouté contributed over 2,100 published plates depicting over 1,800 different species, many never rendered before.


Napoleon, the Empress & the Artist

Empress Josephine (1763-1814) was Redoute most important patron. Around 1798, she acquired Malmaison, where she created a botanical garden with plants from all over the world. The Empress hired leading horticulturists and botanists to oversee her garden and sponsored botanical publications. At the Salon of 1804, Redoute exhibited six watercolors of flowers dedicated to the Empress. The following year, Josephine named him painter of flowers. She sponsored Redoute famous publications of Les Liliacees and Les Roses, the latter published after her death.