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Rosa Indica Pumila (The Double Miniature Rose)
Paris - Pierre-Joseph Redouté. "Rosa Indica Pumila (The Double Miniature Rose). Stipple engraving with original hand color from "Les Roses." Paris: De l'Imprimerie de Firmin Didot, 1817-1824. Approximate size 13 7/8 x 10 1/2 inches. Very good condition. Arader Galleries has offered the best quality prints for over 40 years. Our prints have full margins, great color, and no restoration. Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840) was one of the luminary botanical illustrators of western civilization. The decorative appeal of his original engravings has led to their modern reproduction, which in turn has popularized Redouté's work in a way unique among flower painters. Yet no reproduction can capture the great and subtle beauty of his original engravings from Les Roses, nor can any introductory paragraph fully describe his many achievements. Born into a family of artists in what is now Belgium, Redouté's talent was recognized and encouraged from an early age. Eventually, Redouté had, as pupils or patrons, five queens and empresses of France, from Marie-Antoinette to the Empress Josephine and her successor, Marie-Louise. Despite many changes of regime in a turbulent epoch, he worked without interruption, eventually contributing to over fifty works on natural history and archeology. Redouté's most celebrated volumes are the three that constitute Les Roses, which he issued while under the patronage of the Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon. In each image, the flowers are classical "portraits" which lack backgrounds or settings. The regal simplicity of the compositions allows the viewer to focus without distraction on the beauty and delicate complexity of the plants themselves. The luminosity of stipple engraving, a technique perfected by Redouté, is particularly suited to the reproduction of botanical detail. The medium involved engraving a copper plate with a dense grid of dots that could be modulated to convey delicate gradations of color. Because the ink rested on the paper in miniscule dots, it did not obscure the "light" of the paper beneath the color. After this complicated printing process was complete, the prints were finished by hand in watercolor, so as to conform to the exquisite models Redouté provided. Arader Galleries stocks the largest inventory in the world of Natural history watercolors, engravings, woodcuts, lithographs, color plate books and reference books on this subject. It is our firm intention never to be undersold.
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