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Redoute's Flowers
     

Redoute's Flowers

by Jill Duchess of Hamilton, Jill Douglas-Hamil Hamilton and Brandon
 

Artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté crafted two of the most famed botanical books ever made—and his paintings alone allow us to see the remarkable plants that once flourished under the care of Josephine Bonaparte. Now most of these exotic specimens have disappeared from Malmaison, her secret retreat and the setting for one of history's most legendary love

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Artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté crafted two of the most famed botanical books ever made—and his paintings alone allow us to see the remarkable plants that once flourished under the care of Josephine Bonaparte. Now most of these exotic specimens have disappeared from Malmaison, her secret retreat and the setting for one of history's most legendary love stories. In Josephine's garden and hothouses (as well as on Redouté's page) grew flora from France, America, Africa, her native Martinique, and above all from the then-new land of Australia. Redouté's career spanned 70 years, and these brilliant examples display, in close-up, soft pink primulas; purple and white hyacinths; yellow and blue pansies; posies and wreaths, and many superb and delicate roses—the flowers for which he is particularly famous.

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Publishers Weekly
Celebrated for his remarkably precise, soft-colored illustrations of roses, 18th- and 19th-century botanical painter Pierre-Joseph Redoute immortalized Josephine Bonaparte's garden and illustrated Rousseau's La Botanique, among other achievements. Redouter's Flowers gathers more than 60 watercolors and engravings from throughout his career. Alongside the roses are camellias, irises, hyacinths and scores of other flowers both exotic and native European. A concise biography by the editor, Jill, Duchess of Hamilton, explains that Redoute had been a star botany student in Paris and achieved his extraordinary level of detail by studying his subjects under a microscope. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780304356126
Publisher:
Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date:
11/01/1901
Series:
Mini Album Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
7.86(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.58(d)

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