He was born in Belgium in 1759 and is known as the artist who established a multicolour print technique using copperplate.
All his artwork was hand painted and his precise renderings and
exact painting technique helped him to become an ofﬁcial court artist for
Marie Antoinette and
Napoleon's Empress, Joséphine.
His fame as 'the greatest botanical artist'
became established through well-known examples "Croix des plus belles
ﬂeurs" and "Les Roses".
His original prints have been selling in auctions since the 1900's and he has become very popular.
For example, Steve Jobs is known as a collector and Mr Tetsuya Okunobu,
the world's biggest Redouté collector contributed to publish "Croix
des plus belles ﬂeurs" and "Les Roses" in Japan
(The Connoisseur's Collection Tokyo).
More than 20 exhibitions have been held over 14 years since 2003 and attracted
one million visitors.
His art also inspired many designers. In fashion, Redouté's rose motifs
are used in Vivienne Westwood's collection.
Through the above, over 200 years Readouté has proved his undying popularity.