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Jardin des Plantes
Jardin des Plantes Pierre-Joseph Redouté: Sue Aran explores the life of one of the world’s greatest floral artists… 54 | The Good Life France
It was in June of 1840, the month of roses, when Pierre-Joseph Redouté died suddenly at the age of eighty. His coffin was laid to rest in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris with a wreath of roses and lilies, the two flowers he loved the most. Although he never met a flower he didn’t like, the rose and the lily were the perfect epitaph by which he was remembered. He is still considered the greatest botanical painter of all time. Pierre-Joseph Redouté was born in 1759 in the village of St. Hubert, in the province of Liége, a part of the Ardennes that then belonged to the Duchy of Luxembourg and now belongs to Belgium. He was the grandson, son and brother of painters, so it was almost inevitable that he would follow in their footsteps. He left home at the age of thirteen and spent the next ten years living a precarious life painting interior decorations, portraits and religious commissions. He travelled across Flanders and the Low Countries studying the works of the master Flemish and Dutch botanical painters Jan van Huysum, Rachel Ruysch and Jan Davidsz de Heem. The Good Life France | 55