Redouté: Selection of the Most Beautiful Flowers

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Floral forms: The finest work of the "Raphael of flowers"   The tradition of botanical illustration reaches back to the Renaissance. It reflected a desire to  document nature in all its detail, variety and splendour, and demanded the most precise skill of an artist.

French flower painter  Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759–1840) devoted himself exclusively to the botanical arts, capturing the diversity of flowering plants in watercolor paintings which were then published as stipple engravings. A  darling of Parisian high society, he was dubbed  “the Raphael of flowers”, with a network of élite patrons including Napoleon's Josephine.

Now, TASCHEN reprints Redouté's  Choix des plus belles fleures  et quelques branches des plus beaux fruits( Selection of the Most Beautiful Blooms and Branches with the Finest Fruits), in which the artist gathered  144 hand-colored stipple engravings of his finest work. First issued between 1827 and 1833, the collection showcases Redouté's  combination of exquisite elegance and accuracy as he roamed Parisian gardens and greenhouses to record delicate plant specimens from all over the world. His tender precision is as delightful as it is informative, transporting the reader to an era of bygone magnificence and botanical discovery.   Text in English, French, and German

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Pierre-Joseph Redout (1759-1840) devoted himself exclusively to the task of capturing the diversity of flowering plants in naturalistic watercolor paintings, collected in this comprehensive volume.

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Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840), was born in Saint-Hubert, now part of Belgium. An official court artist at Versailles, he gained international recognition for his watercolors of flowers and plants, publishing over 2,000 plates depicting over 1,800 dspecies. Redouté perfected the technique of stipple engraving, using tiny dots of color rather than lines, facilitating subtle color variations in his work.

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Werner Dressendörfer is a pharmaceutical historian and academic librarian. He taught at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he was an honorary professor. His particular spheres of interest are the history of the Early Modern herbal, the cultural history of useful and medicinal plants, and plant symbolism in art. He has published extensively on pharmaceutical and botanical history. He is the author of TASCHEN’s The Garden at EichstättThe LiliesLeonhart Fuchs: The New Herbal of 1543Pomona BritannicaThe Temple of Flora and The Vegetable Garden.

H. Walter Lack is a Professor at the Free University of Berlin and former Director of the Botanical Gardens and Botanical Museum in Berlin-Dahlem. A leading expert in the history of botany, his research focuses on the global transfer of useful and ornamental plants from a cultural historical perspective. He is the author of TASCHEN’s Garden of Eden andThe Book of Palms.

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Book Description Taschen Deutschland Gmbh+ Jun 2015, 2015. Buch. Book Condition: Neu. 432x349x61 mm. Neuware - Den 'Raffael der Blüten' nannte man ihn, und das zu Recht: Pierre-Joseph Redouté hat sich ausschließlich der Aufgabe gewidmet, in naturgetreuen Wasserfarbenmalereien die Mannigfaltigkeit der Blütenpflanzen im Bild festzuhalten. Fast ein halbes Jahrhundert lang arbeitete er in Paris für reiche und einflussreiche Auftraggeber und dokumentiere bemerkenswerte, seltene oder für die Wissenschaft neue Pflanzen. Fast alle seiner Wasserfarbenmalereien wurden als großformatige Kupferstiche veröffentlicht und zusammen mit botanischen Beschreibungen in kleiner Auflage in luxuriös ausgestatteten, heute extrem teuren Prachtwerken auf den Markt gebracht. Der Choix des plus belles fleures et quelques branches des plus beaux fruits (Auswahl der schönsten Blüten und einiger Zweige von schönsten Früchten) wurde in 36 Lieferungen zwischen 1827-1833 herausgegeben und ist ein Spätwerk Redoutés. Er wählte 144 handkolorierte Farbpunktstiche seiner gelungensten Pflanzendarstellungen in überarbeiteter Form aus, sowie einige wenige Neuschöpfungen. Damit ist zumindest indirekt ein Blick in die längst untergegangene Pracht der Gewächshäuser und Gärten in und um Paris möglich, an denen sich im ersten Drittel des 19. Jhs. die Elite Frankreichs erfreute. 304 pp. Deutsch. Bookseller Inventory # 9783836505154

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