Born in 1759 in Luxembourg, Belgium, Pierre-Joseph Redouté was a French artist of the late 18th and early 19th century. He left home at the age of thirteen to earn a living as an itinerant Belgian painter.
Redouté was greatly influenced by the works of Dutch flower painter, van Huysum, de Heem and Brueghel.
Redouté mastered the technique of stipple engraving – the use of tiny dots, rather than lines. This technique made possible the subtle variations for which Redouté’s work is known. Redouté published a book of prints titled, “Les Roses”. In 1822 he was appointed as a master of design for the Museum d’Histoire Naturelle and in 1825 he was awarded a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur.