From the imperial French garden at Malmaison to your home, the Redouté Lilies Pl. 4, Blue Lily of the Nile promises to elevate and refine any space.
Drawn by Pierre-Joseph Redouté from botanical specimens in the French royal gardens, this delicate flower is hand color and stipple engraved on antique paper measuring 21 1/4” × 14”. Elevate your environment with a flower from the empress Josephine’s garden!
About Les Liliacées
Produced under the patronage of Josephine Bonaparte, Empress of France, Pierre-Joseph Redouté’s Les Liliacées contained 503 plates detailing the various plant species of and related to the lily family. Produced from 1802 – 1816, the plates are drawn from Empress Josephine’s extensive collection of plants in her gardens at Malmaison, where Redouté worked as a botanical artist. This folio is often considered to be Redouté’s masterpiece due to the scope, breadth, and quality of its contents.
About Pierre-Joseph Redouté
Recognized as the royal designer and painter for three successive French Empresses, Marie-Antoinette, Josephine Bonaparte, and Marie-Amelie, Belgian artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté etched his name into the history of botanical art through his magnificent floral folios. Three of his major works, Les Liliacées, Les Roses, and Choix des plus belles fleurs, were produced under royal patronage and depict plants from the French imperial gardens. His botanical prints, rendered through the innovative technique of stipple engraving, received a fervent welcome and were praised for their soft modulation of form and delicate coloring.
Despite the political tumult that characterizes turn-of-the-century France, from the overthrow of the Bourbon empire, the reign of Napoleon, and the July Revolution of 1830, Redouté continued to methodically produce beautifully serene folios of flowers in stark contrast to his violent historical backdrop. His work was highly respected in his time and continues to be prized today.
For more information about Redouté Lilies Pl. 4, Blue Lily of the Nile, email us at [email protected] or check out our articles Plant Mutations in the Botanical Prints of Pierre-Joseph Redouté, The Historical Significance of Botanical Illustration, and The Interrelation between Natural History Art and Porcelain Ornamentation.
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