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The Botanical Artist

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Capture the enchanting beauty of the natural world with this accessible guide to delightful botanical drawing, inspired by the revered art style of Pierre-Joseph Redouté.


Author: Francoise Balsan, 192 pages, 200 illustrations, 217 x 157 mm. Hardback, ISBN 9781789502299, Arcturus Publishing in association with Kew Publishing, 2023. 

Pierre-Joseph Redouté was one of the world's most influential botanical artists, known as 'the Rafael of flowers'. During his lifetime he worked as the official court artist to Queen Marie-Antoinette and then to Empress Joséphine, the wife of Napoléon Bonaparte. Today he remains a giant in the world of botanical illustration, his style influencing artists to this day.

Artist and educator François Balsan guides you through the processes that Redouté perfected, using step-by-step instructions to explain how you, too, can create beautifully realistic images of plants and flowers. Artists of all abilities will be able to follow the clear guidance and projects inside, with handy tips and tricks to help you on your way.

This practical guide uses Kew's extensive botanical archives to feature Redouté's inspiring artwork.

• Advice on equipment and preparing watercolor paints
• Focused projects to build up your expertise
• Tips on achieving different painting effects
• Guidance on perspective and presenting the results of your work

Learn from the master of botanical art to produce delicate botanical artwork, based on the beautiful flora that grows around us.

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