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Rosa Bengales - Pierre-Joseph Redouté - Framed Print - 14"H x 11"W


Rosa Bengales - Pierre-Joseph Redouté - Framed Print - 14"H x 11"W

Pierre-Joseph Redouté, was a painter and botanist from the Southern Netherlands, known for his watercolours of roses, lilies and other flowers at Malmaison. He was nicknamed "the Raphael of flowers" and has been called the greatest botanical illustrator of all time.

He was an official court artist of Queen Marie Antoinette, and he continued painting through the French Revolution and Reign of Terror. Redouté survived the turbulent political upheaval to gain international recognition for his precise renderings of plants, which remain as fresh in the early 21st century as when first painted.

He was painting during a period in botanical illustration that is noted for the publication of outstanding folios. Redouté produced over 2,100 published plates depicting over 1,800 different species, many never rendered before.

Today he is seen as an important heir to the great flower painters Brueghel, Ruysch, van Huysum and de Heem.

Rosa chinensis (Rosa Bengales), known commonly as the China rose or Chinese rose, is native to Southwest China. The species is extensively cultivated as an ornamental plant.

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