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Title

Waratah

1887

Artist

Lucien Henry

France, Australia

1850 - 1896

  • 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
    Location
    19th c Australian art
    Accession number
    238.1983
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Lucien Henry

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 8 publications

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