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Title

Waratah

1887


Artist

Lucien Henry

France, Australia

1850 - 1896


About

This Beaux-Arts graduate and Paris Communard was exiled from France to New Caledonia, settling in Sydney after his reprieve in 1879. As both teacher and practising designer, Lucien Henry made a vital contribution to the Sydney art scene during two of its most active and experimental decades.

Fascinated by the pictorial possibilities of native flora and fauna – especially the waratah, the floral emblem of New South Wales – Henry produced superlative designs for stained glass, interior décor, architecture and items of applied art. He also created this striking, highly-detailed painting, 'Waratah', with its scarlet bloom set against an intricate turquoise-and-gold geometric Islamic-style pattern. It was exhibited in 1887 at the Eighth Annual Exhibition of the Art Society of NSW.


Details


Date

1887


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on wood


Dimensions

51.0 x 35.0 cm board; 68.3 x 52.4 x 4.5 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pencil "L. Henry 87".


Credit

Gift of Marcel Aurousseau 1983


Accession number

238.1983


Artist information

Lucien Henry

Works in the collection

3


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 6 publications

Bibliography


Margaret Betteridge, State of the waratah: the floral emblem of New South Wales in legend, art and industry, 'A national style', pg. 18-19, Sydney, 2000, 18, 19 (colour illus.).

Anna Elias, Art and Australia (vol. 32, no. 1), 'Useless Beauty', pg. 66-72, Sydney, Spring 1994, 67 (colour illus.).

Juliana Engberg, Colonial Post Colonial, Victoria, 1996, 67.

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Painting and Sculpture', pg. 102-181, Sydney, 1999, 109 (colour illus.).

Ann Stephen and Charles Pickett, Visions of a Republic: the work of Lucien Henry, 'The makings of an Australian art', pg. 66-69, Haymarket, 2001, 66, 67 (colour illus.).

Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, 'Members events: February 2012', pg. 40-41, Sydney, Feb 2012, 40 (colour illus.).