Saturday, February 26, 2011

Inspired by Redoute

I haven't been able to paint for the past two days because I am so busy cooking and entertaining a large group of young adults for the weekend. So when I have time to rest, I've been looking over my books of botanical paintings by Pierre Joseph Redoute (1759-1840) the Belgian painter and botanist known for his exquisite watercolors.

Viewing his work is like taking a long drink of delicious water after a parching thirst. It refreshes the soul, as all beauty does.

Redoute was an official court artist of Queen Marie Antoinette of France. This stunning room at her 'house' at Malmaison is decorated with his work.

For good reason, Redoute was knicknamed "The Raphael of flowers."

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