Last year in Munich we did an unusual find of paintings and a pre-war bundel with hundreds of original colorfull botanical drawings. This bundel was a showcase for lavish original drawings of unique botanicals from all around the world. It was made by Baron Carlos von Riefel, one of the finest botanical artists in the world of the first half of the 20th century. It´s fascinating to see the species considered the most desirable of the times, with a preponderance of rhododendrons, roses, orchids, tropicals and other exotics. These never seen before superbly illustrated flowers are all handcolored with pencil color and gouache.
Carlos von Riefel or Carlos Riefel aka Karlos von Riefel (15 July 1903 Kirchdorf an der Krems, Upper Austria – 1993). Baron Carlos Riefel is highly regarded as an Austrian botanical artist specialising in fruit and flower painting. He provided illustrations for leading botanical books in the 1950s and 1960s. His style is firmly rooted in the botanical tradition of, for example, Redouté and Maria Sybilla Merian. His meticulous paintings remain popular poster subjects even to this day.
On an early age he already had a preference for painting and in 1922 he was allowed to take the entrance exam at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.
Not until 1937 he started to paint flowers which he prefered and got a lot of commisions for artworks from then on.
Before World War II he was a member of the Professional Association of Austrian Art Educators in Vienna.
His illustrations appeared in divers publications such as The Rhododendron (Sussex: 1958-1962), A Folio of Fruit (London: 1957) and Flowers and Blooms from Mountain Country and Heath (Vienna: 1955).
He succesfull exhibited in Paris, London, Berlin and Vienna even in the early 1930s. Later he also became known for his own postage stamp line in Austria. His wife Friederike was also a noted portrait painter.
(Thanks to Asher rare books & antiquariaat Forum for their expertise and attribution.)
We now give you the opportunity to let you enjoy these fine, vibrant and wonderful selection of plants in your own living room. We made a selection of the most beautiful flowers of this unique collection of drawings in a limited edition of 3 ultra high quality print reproductions. All reproductions are numbered on the back and therefore unique. Sometimes the botanical name to a taxon is included in the picture. You can indicate yourself whether you want a black or a white list. The dimensions of the frame are 30 x 40 cm.
Here are some of these beautiful high quality reproductions in limited edition for you to choose from, click the photos for details. (All reproductions below have a watermark, if ordered the reproductions are delivered without the watermark). If all four reproductions are ordered at once, the price is just € 100,- for all four pieces.