Acta Botanica, Figure 1

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In 1740, Madame Leconte, the great-granddaughter of a huguenot who emigrated to London following the repressive measures the Catholic monarch Louis XIV of France restarted in 1685, made possibly the most exquisitely decorated dress ever seen the world. The embroidery contains almost 10 lbs of real silver thread. With this design she not only revealed her talent, but also her serious fascination with Botanica. With this design she not only revealed her talent, but also, in consequence, became seriously fascinated by Botanica.

Original painting by Helena-Alexandra Reut

Mixed technique on Canvas,
60 H x 60 W x 4

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Acta Botanica is a series about women and plants. It is a reflection on modernity and tradition, on the forgotten medicinal qualities of herbs, and on the fact that it was often women who knew how to apply natural remedies. It is a story about stories passed down from generation to generation. About the continuous flow of time and the fragrance of a newly-opened bud. But it’s also a practical guide for daily use, here and now; about the things you can buy and consume. About people who can be role models for us. About the role of women in general. Finally, it is simultaneously a very personal confession and a universal tale; a serious contemplation on the world and a lighthearted moment of play.

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Paintings purchased are for private use only. All rights to this image remain with the artist Helena-Alexandra Reut, who may reproduce, copy, print or use it for any other type of art.