Tagetes patula Marigold Redouté Botanical Illustration

Pierre-Joseph Redouté was born 1759 in Saint-Hubert, Belgium and he died in Paris in 1840 at the age of 80 while sitting at his easel painting a lily.

 

Nicknamed "The Raphael Of Flowers" he was painter and botanist, best known for his watercolors of roses, lilies and other flowers. He was the official court artist of Queen Marie Antoinette and he continued painting through the French Revolution and the 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 they were first painted.

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Taken on August 1, 2011