Pierre Joseph Celestin Redoute

Pierre Joseph Celestin Redoute

Pierre Joseph Celestin Redoute Whitehorse Gallery

Botanical Illustration

Pierre Joseph Celestin Redouté, a renowned French artist (1759 – 1851), truly reigned supreme when it came to the enchanting realm of botanical watercolour painting. Regarded as one of the foremost influencers in this artistic genre, Redouté’s exquisite skills allowed him to capture the essence of over 1,800 distinct plant species within his meticulously crafted floral illustrations. Our exclusive assortment of Redouté prints proudly showcases an exquisite array of his most exquisite fruits and blossoms.

Botanical art, Pierre Joseph Celestin Redouté, is an illustrious name that resonates throughout the generations of the Redouté family. This artistic legacy began with Charles-Joseph Redouté, Pierre-Joseph’s great-grandfather, who graced the Princes-Bishop of Liège with his exquisite paintings. It culminated in the magnificent works of Pierre-Joseph himself, known as the “Prince of Roses,” unveiling a captivating cultural and pictorial history.

Beyond the confines of the Redouté family, the renowned Saint-Hubert Abbey emerged as a significant influence. Dom Clément Lefèbvre, an abbot native to Ciney, played an instrumental role in transforming the abbey’s church through the talents of painter Jean-Jacques Redouté, who hailed from the same region as his namesake. Pierre-Joseph’s grandfather, too, collaborated on the abbey’s illustrious works during the 1720s and 1730s. The succeeding abbot, Dom Célestin De Jong, further propelled the family’s artistic journey by commissioning painter Charles-Joseph Redouté, Pierre-Joseph’s father, to contribute to the grandeur of the abbot’s dwelling. Charles-Joseph established himself in Saint-Hubert and married a local girl, Marguerite-Josèphe Chalon, forging lasting connections to the town.

In 1782, a twenty-three-year-old Pierre-Joseph embarked on a transformative journey to Paris, invited by his brother Antoine-Ferdinand. While his brother adorned theatres and castles, Pierre-Joseph found his passion for botany. His sojourn alongside his brother lasted two years, after which Pierre-Joseph dedicated himself to the service of botanists for over five decades. Charles-Louis L’Héritier de Brutelle, a magistrate immersed in the reign of Louis XVI, became a pivotal figure in Pierre-Joseph’s life. L’Héritier de Brutelle’s passion for botany paved the way for Pierre-Joseph’s ascent to celebrity. Under L’Héritier de Brutelle’s mentorship, Pierre-Joseph honed his skills in studying and drawing plants with the precision and rigour of a scientist, captivating other botanists with his splendid illustrations. Soon enough, renowned names like De Candolle, Ventenat, Rousseau, and Michaux flocked to Pierre-Joseph’s doorstep to partake in the joy of his mesmerising artwork.

During this remarkable era, Europe dispatched explorers to the far reaches of the globe. Dombey, Cook, Humboldt, La Pérouse, d’Entrecasteaux, and many others embarked on daring voyages of discovery, often accompanied by botanists who returned with exotic plant collections. In collaboration with these explorers, Pierre-Joseph Redouté manifested an illustrated garden comprising a fraction of the world’s flora.


The art of watercolours and etchings emerged gloriously. Albrecht Dürer, a prodigious German painter of the 16th century, can be considered the pioneer of watercolour art. However, until the 18th century, watercolours were seen as mere tools for documentation, overshadowed by the perceived artistic superiority of oil paintings. Only when Hubert Robert, Chapalle, Van Spaendonck, and the Redouté brothers, Pierre-Joseph and Henri-Joseph, emerged in the twilight of the 18th century did France truly embrace the magnificence of watercolours. The Museum of Natural History entrusted the brothers with the task of preserving its precious vellum collection, with one focusing on botany and the other on zoology. Although Pierre-Joseph, the most celebrated member of their family, remains etched in our hearts, Henri-Joseph also showcased his exceptional talent as a watercolour artist. Henri-Joseph’s involvement in the esteemed expedition to Egypt, led by Bonaparte, marked a significant milestone in recognising watercolours as an independent artistic expression.

The demand for watercolours soared, prompting Pierre-Joseph to explore faster and more cost-effective reproduction techniques such as intaglio etching. He pioneered a printing method involving a serrated wheel that delicately etched indentations into copper metal, known as “pointillé” or “stipplism.” By skilfully varying the distances between the wheel’s “teeth,” Pierre-Joseph achieved a mesmerising interplay of light and shadows, sculpting a visual symphony known as claire-obscure. This remarkable technique can be experienced firsthand at the Musée, where his original etchings are proudly displayed.

Among the myriad flowers immortalised by Pierre-Joseph Redouté, none surpass the sensational allure of roses. His depictions of these delicate blooms embody the ephemeral beauty that captivates the soul. The definitive tome on roses from the illustrious Pierre-Joseph era, accompanied by scientific insights from botanist Le Thory, stands as a testament to his mastery. These seductive flowers bewitched illustrious figures such as Queen Marie-Antoinette, Empress Joséphine, and Queen Consort of the Belgians, Louise-Marie d’Orléans, leaving an indelible mark on their hearts.

Indeed, Pierre-Joseph Redouté’s talent garnered admiration from the highest-ranking ladies of Parisian nobility, an affirmation that exceeded any aspiration he might have harboured. Fittingly, we bid adieu without resorting to the customary tropes of “delving” or “concluding.”

Picture Framing and Glass options

Choose your preferred style of frame to match in with your decor, select from four different finishes including: Light Walnut, Wenge or classic black and gold moulding. Profile size of picture frame is 2 cm wide. If you require a something else please contact us so we can help you select what you are after. Each piece comes double mounted with a black inner mount and muted soft white outer mount.

Glazing Choices are either a 2mm clear float glass or reflection control art glass with ultra-violet protection – This is what most our customers go for as it preserves your print and stops direct sun damage.

Whitehorse Gallery’s ‘Master Framers’ have accumulated over 30 years of experience, showcasing unmatched expertise in framing artwork.

The Team, having learned the family’s traditional framing techniques, possess the knowledge and ability to complete the job with precision. With expertise in both small-scale framed pieces and large commercial picture framing projects, they have the knowledge and skills to successfully complete the job on time and to the highest standards. Continuing a rich family tradition, they uphold the legacy. Ready to provide outstanding framing services.


We also have many years experience on fulfilling international shipments and make custom crates to suit so your artwork arrives safe in one piece, please contact us if you need it shipping aboard.

Art Hanging

Do you require your artwork to be hanged up on the wall, again if you are a UK customer this is something we can do for you at very little cost. Contact us today to get he ball rolling so we can book you in.