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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
    Grand Courts
    Accession number
    238.1983
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Lucien Henry

    Works in the collection

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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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