"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 Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759 –1840) was forever in high demand.
Official court draftsman to Queen Marie-Antoinette (who purportedly summoned him at midnight to paint a cactus), and later a favorite of Joséphine Bonaparte, the artist brought flowers to the highest of places, and offset the chaotic upheaval of the French Revolution with the delicacy of perfectly drawn petals.
This reprint brings together 144 examples of Redouté’s flower, branch, and fruit drawings. The precise yet tender illustrations are as delightful as they are informative, recording some of the most delicate plant specimens in the world and evoking the bygone magnificence of Parisian greenhouses and gardens.
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