The Roses: Rosa Gallica Purpurea Velutina Parva

Pierre-Joseph Redouté1817-24

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

The subtle tones in Redouté’s paintings nearby were faithfully captured by engravers, but the prints do not imitate the spontaneity and deftness of the master’s brushwork, which carefully described every detail. The drawings were interpreted using the most skillful and refined stipple engraving but relied on a combination of printed and hand coloring. A thin wash of watercolor that closely matches the printing ink was meticulously applied over every part of the image, with an occasional use of contrasting tints for the highlights.

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  • Title: The Roses: Rosa Gallica Purpurea Velutina Parva
  • Creator: Langlois (French), Pierre-Joseph Redouté (French, 1759-1840), Henry Joseph Redouté (French, 1766-1853)
  • Date Created: 1817-24
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 53.5 x 33.8 cm (21 1/16 x 13 5/16 in.); Platemark: 34.9 x 25.9 cm (13 3/4 x 10 3/16 in.)
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1965.293
  • Medium: color stipple engraving with watercolor added by hand
  • Department: Prints
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Prasse Collection
  • Collection: PR - Stipple
  • Accession Number: 1965.293

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