Pierre Joseph Redoute

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Birthday
10, 1759
Birthplace
Belgium
Death Date
Jun 19, 1840 (80)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
10, 1759
Birthplace
Belgium
Death Date
Jun 19, 1840 (80)

About

Botanist and painter who was best known for his watercolor paintings of flowers such as roses and lilies. He was given the nickname The Raphael of Flowers.

Before Fame

He had little formal education. He was inspired to pursue botanical illustration by the famed René Desfontaines.

Trivia

He taught art and design at the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle beginning in 1822.

Family Life

He was the son of a painter, and his older brother Antoine Ferdinand worked as a set and interior designer in Paris. He left his family's home when he was just thirteen years old to make a living as a painter.

Associated With

He served as the officially appointed court painter for the famous royal Marie Antoinette. Later, he held this same position under the employment of Napoleon Bonaparte's wife Josephine de Beauharnais.