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Sunday, August 30, 2009

PIERRE-JOSEPH REDOUTE


Duchess D'Orleans Rose

Pierre-Joseph Redoute (1759-1840), botanical artist and royal flower painter. He recorded the roses, lilies and other flowers at Chateau de Malmaison for Empress Josephine.


Yellow Day Lily

The Chateau de Malmaison is a country house in the city of Rueil-Malmaison, about 12km from Paris.




Redoute gained international recognition and became a Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion d'honneur in 1825. His beautiful works can be bought as prints today.

I, too, prepare a few posts in advance and last Thursday I had a choice of this post or the Misericord before I went away for the weekend. I posted the Misericord and came back to look at my favourite blogs and there, three from the top, was BibliOdyssey's post, about REDOUTE! Now I do believe in coincidences. See more of Redoute's beautiful work on BibliOdyssey; it's a really fascinating blog.

15 comments:

Derrick said...

Hi Alaine,

Nice to have you back. Hope you had a good trip. As for me being your history teacher, if I can teach you anything, I'm thrilled but you certainly offer plenty of interesting items here for all of us. Redoute's work is beautiful isn't it; so detailed. If only the perfumes could be captured too!

steven said...

hello alaine - thanks for sharing these wonderful images. i am always amazed at the skill of artists who can take something real and render it to be almost exactly the same!! they were the first photographers!!! speaking of talent - the image across the top of your blog is a stunning picture. is that your neighbourhood?! have a lovely day. steven

willow said...

Lovely post. Fun synchronicities.

Alaine said...

Hello Derrick, it was a quick trip to Melbourne and I wish we'd had more time in there; I love our city. Ah, yes, the perfumes would have filled the air at the chateau.

Alaine said...

Steven, if I were an artist, this is what I'd love to capture, the flowers, leaves, grasses, even insects.

That shot in the header I took about two weeks ago. We were about to head off in the car to an area up the road for our walk - that is our drive way. Those trees, manchurian pears, now have fresh leaves and are green instead of white; a different scene altogether.

Alaine said...

Willow, thank you and oh yes, synchronicity, I know you don't believe in coincidence :^)

Ces said...

Yes Redoute' what amazing works he had, truly exceptional and masterful.

Alaine said...

Hello Ces, thanks for your visit. I hope you are typing one-handed!

CC said...

As the author and illustrator of a picture book biography of Pierre Joseph Redoutè, I am always delighted to find a new mention of his beautiful
work and his collaboration with Empress Josephine. You may be iterested in my Redoutè
posts.
http://cateatsbananasandflies.blogspot.com/search/label/Pierre-Joseph%20Redouté

Lyn said...

What a dream the Chateau is..my kind of place...I always so admired Redoute..thanks!

Alaine said...

Hello Lyn, mine too. Apparently Napoleon wasn't happy with Josephine buying it!

Alaine said...

Hello Carolyn, thanks for getting in touch! I did visit your lovely blog and congratulations on your project, a lovely tribute to Redoute (wish I knew how to accent the e in Blogger!).

Susan said...

I love Redoute's paintings, but have never seen the real ones, just prints. That is quite a chateau! So gorgeous!

Alaine, here's a link to use for accent marks and diacriticals:

http://www.starr.net/is/type/altnum.htm

However, I haven't figured out how to make it work in the comment box.

Tracy said...

Very much enjoyed this post, Alaine! And that chateau looks like home sweet home. ;o) I've always had a great fondness for botanical painting and prints, and especially the roses Redoute exquisitely created. I dream of taking a summer and doing watercolors of flowers--taking in all the tiny details. Oh, and must say, your new banner is idyllic... Happy Day ((HUGS))

Alaine said...

Hello Susan, if I visited France, I wouldn't be able to speak; my eyes and mouth would be stuck in wide open position! Thanks for that link, I'll go check it out but I think you could only get the accent if you used cut and paste from word or wordpad.

Tracy, thank you. I just love botanical paintings and recently found another artist, Lyn Noble from Canada. I've prepared a post about her to put up soon.

Watercolours of flowers! Gosh, it's hard enough watercolouring, let alone tiny details of flowers!

The banner is our driveway taken about three weeks ago. A completely different scene now with the new, fresh green leaves and the plum on the left is now covered in white blossom.