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A HAND-COLORED LITHOGRAPH, "ROSES MOUSSEUSES, ROSE JAUNE-SONFRE
Francois Delarue Paris: François Delarue, 1840. 546 x 413 mm (21 1/2 x 16 1/4"). Attractively matted. A LOVELY HAND-COLORED LITHOGRAPH OF PINK AND YELLOW ROSES BY GROBON FR�RES AFTER REDOUT�, the image with arched top, done on a thick piece of creamy-white stock, the flowers against a light gray background.A number of tiny, faint freckles of foxing to background, otherwise clean and bright, with strong, pleasing colors. This very charming work is based on the famous rose illustrations by Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840), the Belgian painter and botanist known as the "Raphael of flowers." His talent was such that he weathered the turbulent political times and served as court painter both to Marie Antoinette and to Napoleon's empress, Josephine, for whom he immortalized the blossoms in her famous garden at Malmaison. The lithographers, François Frédéric Grobon (1815-1901/1902) and Anthelme Eugène Grobon (1820-78), were brothers trained in Lyon who produced several collections of botanical prints as well as a book of instruction, "Méthode Grobon frères, études progressives de Fleurs et de Fruits, depuis les premiers éléments jusqu' à la compostion des groupes" (1850), for aspiring artists. The delicate delineation and careful coloring give the roses here an extremely realistic, almost three-dimensional, quality--one is sure the drop of dew on the leaf will fall on one's hand. This print may have been part of the Redouté "Collection de Beaux Bouquets Lithographies" published by Delarue ca. 1845 and listed in "Great Flower Books" on page 131.
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