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Pierre-Joseph Redouté
An oil on canvas in brown tones of a white man with short brown hair. He is sitting side-on, facing to the right of the picture, with his chin on his left hand. He wears a frock coat and shirt with a wide neck tie. He has a faint smile.
Portrait by Louis Léopold Boilly
Born (1759-07-10)10 July 1759
Saint-Hubert, Belgium
Died 19 June 1840(1840-06-19) (aged 80)
Paris, France
Resting place Père Lachaise Cemetery
Nationality Belgian
Education Jardin du Roi
Known for Botanical illustration
Movement Flower painting
Awards Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur (1825)

Pierre-Joseph Redouté (10 July 1759 – 19 June 1840), was a painter and botanist from the Southern Netherlands. He is known for his watercolours of roses, lilies and other flowers. He was nicknamed "the Raphael of flowers" and has been called the greatest botanical illustrator of all time. Many of the species he painted had never been illustrated before.

He was an official court artist of Queen Marie Antoinette, and he continued painting through the French Revolution and Reign of Terror.

For fifty years, Redouté was the drawing teacher to French queens and princesses. He dedicated Choix des plus belles fleurs to two of his students, Louise and Marie d’Orléans. Later, Marie d’Orléans became the first queen of the Belgians.

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