Duane's Purple

Joseph Prestele1867/1872

McLean County Museum of History

McLean County Museum of History

Botanical print: gouache over lithograph. A single red and purple plum hangs from a branch with four leaves and missing leaves.

Joseph Prestele was a German immigrant who immigrated to America as a part of the Inspirationists, who believed that the dominant Lutheran Church had become too distant and formal. Prestele studied flower painting in Vienna and was the artist for the Royal Botanical Garden of Munich. Joseph was a very talented artist and lithographer, but he never would have acknowledged it because any talent they had belonged to God.

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  • Title: Duane's Purple
  • Creator: Joseph Prestele
  • Date Created: 1867/1872