The Mini Book of Flowers
Style No. 60818861
Flower painter Pierre-Joseph Redoute devoted himself exclusively to capturing the diversity of flowering plants in watercolor paintings which were then published as copper engravings, with careful botanical descriptions. The darling of wealthy Parisian patrons including Napoleon’s wife Josephine, he was dubbed “the Raphael of flowers,” and is regarded to this day as a master of botanical illustration. This collection brings the best-selling extra large-sized edition to a smaller, more convenient format, still gathering some of the finest color engravings from Redoute’s illustrations of Roses, Lilies, and Choix des plus belles fleurs et quelques branches des plus beaux fruits. Offering a vibrant overview of Redoute’s admixture of accuracy and beauty, it is also a privileged glimpse into the magnificent gardens and greenhouses of a bygone Paris.