He was known as the 'Raphael of flowers' and rightly so: Pierre-Joseph Redoute (1759-1840) devoted himself exclusively to the task of capturing the diversity of the flowering plants in naturalistic watercolor paintings. He worked in Paris as a botanical illustrator for rich and influential patrons for nearly half a century, during which he documented remarkable, rare plants and flora new to the science of his day. Nearly all of his watercolors were published as copper engravings in large formats and launched on the market with botanical descriptions as sumptuously designed publications in small editions that are today extremely rare and superlative collector's items. "The Choix des plus belles fleures et quelques branches des plus beaux fruits" ("Selection of the Most Beautiful Blooms and Branches with the Finest Fruits"), issued in 36 parts between 1827 and 1833 is a late work of Redoute's, in which he published 144 hand-colored stipple engravings of his best representations of flora in revised form along with a few novelty items. It conveys a glimpse of the long-vanished magnificence of the greenhouses and gardens in and around Paris which delighted the elite of France in the first part of the 19th century.Vom Verlag:
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 quelquesbranches 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.
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Buchbeschreibung Taschen Deutschland Gmbh+ Jun 2015, 2015. Buch. Buchzustand: Neu. 432x349x61 mm. Neuware - Prof. Werner Dressendörfer, geboren in Bamberg, Apotheker und Pharmaziehistoriker. Ausbildung zum Bibliothekar des Höheren Dienstes an der Bibliotheksschule München; Bibliotheksassessor. Honorarprofessor an der Universität Erlangen/Nürnberg, Lehrbeauftragter an den Universitäten Würzburg und Regensburg. Mitglied der 'Académie internationale d'Histoire de la Pharmacie'. Autor zahlreicher Veröffentlichungen zur Geschichte der Pharmazie und der Botanik. 304 pp. Deutsch. Artikel-Nr. 9783836505154