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Redoute Watercolor for Les Liliacees, plate 444: Musa
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REDOUTE, Pierre-Joseph (1759-1840).
Watercolor for plate 444: Musa paradisiaca (Banana).
Watercolor and graphite on vellum.
Prepared for Les Liliacées ca. 1802-1816. Completed: ca. 1802-1816. Signed lower left: "P. J. Redoute".
19" x 14" sheet; 29" x 23 1/2" framed.

Country of Origin: Cultivated in all tropical parts of the world. Parent species indiginous in southeast Asia. Derived from an Arabian plant name.Exhibitions: Loan at the Frank H. McClung Museum at the University of Tennesse 6/20/14 - 1/8/2015.The Floral Art of Pierre Joseph Redoute, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT. - July 20, 2002 - November 3, 2002;Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, 2002 - 2003.The unequalled botanical artist, Pierre-Joseph Redoute, occupies a central position in the development of European flower painting. Redoute had as pupils or patrons five queens and empresses of France, from Marie-Antoinette to Empress Josephine and her successor, Marie-Louise. Despite many changes of regime in a turbulent epoch, he worked without interruption, a testament to his greatness as an artist. Les Liliacees, Redoute’s largest and most ambitious work, is generally considered to be the artist’s masterpiece. Produced under the patronage of the Empress Josephine, for whom Redoute worked as botanical artist at her estate at Malmaison, this pristine example represents a landmark work in the field of flower illustration. The title is misleading, for the work covers a much broader scope: the work includes representatives of the lily, amaryllis, iris, orchid, and other families. The plates were executed by means of stipple engraving, which, as noted, was a method that the artist himself perfected when he was unsatisfied with the effects garnered by traditional copper-plate engraving. As he shrewdly observed, the delicacy and subtle elegance of his compositions could only be captured using an equally fine printing method. Les Liliace?es records the plants of the lily family and related flowers that Josephine collected for her gardens at Malmaison. Redoute’s small drawings, placed at the bottom of the main illustrations, record the anatomical features of each species so that each flower could be identified with precision and cultivated to perfection. Redoute?’s work represents a uniquely harmonious blend of scientific precision and supremely delicate artistry.
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Redoute Watercolor for Les Liliacees, plate 444: Musa

Estimate $450,000 - $550,000
Oct 10, 2020
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0090: Redoute Watercolor for Les Liliacees, plate 444: Musa

Sold for $425,000
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Est. $450,000 - $550,000Starting Price $400,000
Arader Galleries October 10th Auction
Oct 10, 2020 1:00 PM EDT
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Lot 0090 Details

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REDOUTE, Pierre-Joseph (1759-1840).
Watercolor for plate 444: Musa paradisiaca (Banana).
Watercolor and graphite on vellum.
Prepared for Les Liliacées ca. 1802-1816. Completed: ca. 1802-1816. Signed lower left: "P. J. Redoute".
19" x 14" sheet; 29" x 23 1/2" framed.

Country of Origin: Cultivated in all tropical parts of the world. Parent species indiginous in southeast Asia. Derived from an Arabian plant name.Exhibitions: Loan at the Frank H. McClung Museum at the University of Tennesse 6/20/14 - 1/8/2015.The Floral Art of Pierre Joseph Redoute, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT. - July 20, 2002 - November 3, 2002;Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, 2002 - 2003.The unequalled botanical artist, Pierre-Joseph Redoute, occupies a central position in the development of European flower painting. Redoute had as pupils or patrons five queens and empresses of France, from Marie-Antoinette to Empress Josephine and her successor, Marie-Louise. Despite many changes of regime in a turbulent epoch, he worked without interruption, a testament to his greatness as an artist. Les Liliacees, Redoute’s largest and most ambitious work, is generally considered to be the artist’s masterpiece. Produced under the patronage of the Empress Josephine, for whom Redoute worked as botanical artist at her estate at Malmaison, this pristine example represents a landmark work in the field of flower illustration. The title is misleading, for the work covers a much broader scope: the work includes representatives of the lily, amaryllis, iris, orchid, and other families. The plates were executed by means of stipple engraving, which, as noted, was a method that the artist himself perfected when he was unsatisfied with the effects garnered by traditional copper-plate engraving. As he shrewdly observed, the delicacy and subtle elegance of his compositions could only be captured using an equally fine printing method. Les Liliace?es records the plants of the lily family and related flowers that Josephine collected for her gardens at Malmaison. Redoute’s small drawings, placed at the bottom of the main illustrations, record the anatomical features of each species so that each flower could be identified with precision and cultivated to perfection. Redoute?’s work represents a uniquely harmonious blend of scientific precision and supremely delicate artistry.

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