From the imperial French gardens to your home, the Redouté Roses Pl. 51, “Empress Josephine” promises to elevate and refine any space.
Drawn by Pierre-Joseph Redouté from botanical specimens in the French royal gardens, this delicate rose is hand-colored and stipple engraved on antique paper measuring 14 ¼” × 10 ⅝”. Elevate your environment with a flower from the empress Josephine’s garden!
About Les Roses
Pierre-Joseph Redouté’s Les Roses contains 169 plates depicting numerous varieties of roses from the gardens of Empress Josephine Bonaparte and other significant cultivators of the time. Published between 1817 and 1824, the folio was greeted with immediate success and earned Redouté the moniker “Rembrandt of Roses.” In each plate, he masterfully employed stipple engraving to depict the translucency of the flower petals and the portrait-like individuality of each rose varietal. The intensity of the ink and subtlety of the color results in engravings of unrivaled beauty.
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 Roses Pl. 51, “Empress Josephine”, 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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