ROSES 18 Prints with original text by P. J. REDOUTE
ROSES 18 Prints with original text by P. J. REDOUTE. THE ARIEL PRESS, Printed by K. G. Lohse, Frankfurt am Main
Art teacher to French royalty including Queen Marie Antoinette and both of Napoleon's wives, Pierre-Joseph Redoute had come from an artistic family in the Ardennes and, prior to discovering flower portraits, specialized in religious frescoes. It was during a visit to the Netherlands that he came across the work of Van Huysum. So entranced was he by the Dutch floral paintings that, despite working for his brother painting theatre sets during a lean period in his life, he managed to find time to paint small floral water-colours which soon attracted the attention of leading botanists of the time.
About 16 x 12 with 18 art drawings. Nice condition with light wear to cover and crease near center spine and few small wear marks. Beautiful colored drawings.