Pierre Joseph Redoute


Birthday July 10, 1759

Birth Sign Cancer

Birthplace Belgium

DEATH DATE Jun 19, 1840 (80)

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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.


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.