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Waratah

Lucien Henry1887

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

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.

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  • Title: Waratah
  • Creator: Lucien Henry
  • Date Created: 1887
  • Physical Dimensions: 51.0 x 35.0 cm board; 68.3 x 52.4 x 4.5 cm frame
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Gift of Marcel Aurousseau 1983
  • Medium: oil on wood
  • Signature & Date: Signed and dated l.r., pencil "L. Henry 87".
  • Artist Country: France, Australia

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