Enfilade

Exhibition | Redouté’s Roses

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on February 14, 2013

If today has you thinking about roses . . . Thanks to Hélène Bremer for noting this exhibition at the Teyler’s Museum:

Redouté’s Roses
Teylers Museum, Haarlem, 19 January — 5 May 2013

pioenroosPierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840) is the greatest botanical artist of all time. His drawings and watercolours of flowers and plants are unsurpassed in both scientific precision and beauty. Redouté assuredly earned his nicknames, ‘the Raphael of flowers’ and ‘the Rembrandt of Roses’. Redouté started drawing flowers in Paris’s Jardin des Plantes at the end of the eighteenth century, when European scholarship was in the throes of a real mania for botany. He provided illustrations of rare and exotic plants for books published by prominent scientists. These drawings made him so famous that he was able to publish two masterpieces of printing under his own name: Les Liliacées and Les Roses. Redoubté also gained royal recognition from none other than Queen Marie-Antoinette, and later from Empress Joséphine, Napoleon’s wife. No one could equal Redouté’s pictures of their opulent gardens with their glorious profusion of blooms. This exhibition is the first in the Netherlands to provide a variegated overview of
his work, with, at its heart, the beautiful books that the Teylers Museum
purchased immediately after their publication.