Published on the occasion of the exhibition “Botanical – Observing Beauty”, presented by Chaumet at the Beaux-Arts de Paris, June 17 – September 4, 2022 Curator: Marc Jeanson
Texts by Filipa Ramos, Emanuele Coccia, Alice Thomine-Berrada, Estelle Zhong Mengual Exclusive artwork by Etel Adnan
328 pages Graphic design: Agnès Dahan Studio Hardcover screen printed in fluorescent and silver inks 8,5 × 10,5 inches 21,5 × 26,5 cm Publication: June 2022 Co-production: JBE Books × Chaumet ISBN 978-2-36568-060-8
Botanical takes readers on an intimate stroll through botany, the fine arts, jewelry, and photography, inviting them to immerse themselves in the infinite forms and beauty of plants as reflected in art. Botanical features a way of observing the living world that has been influenced by essential conversations between genres and periods. More than one hundred artists, scientists, and jewelers have participated in this dialogue, including Nobuyoshi Araki, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Anna Atkins, Sarah Bernhardt, Patrick Blanc, Joseph Chaumet, Otto Dix, Joan Fontcuberta, Émile Gallé, Ernst Haeckel, Eva Jospin, André Kertész, Le Corbusier, Carl Linnaeus, Robert Mapplethorpe, Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe, Odilon Redon, Yves Saint Laurent, and Séraphine de Senlis.
Under the supervision of the botanist Marc Jeanson, the extraordinary project initiated by Chaumet is an herbarium of sorts. Guided by the senses, the reader travels through forests, foreshores, reedbeds, and wheat fields—all worlds that celebrate the endless power of plants.
This sensorial journey is punctuated by the exceptional contributions of Emanuele Coccia, Filipa Ramos, Alice Thomine-Berrada, and Estelle Zhong Mengual, and features a new work by Etel Adnan, specially created for this book.