An image of Waratah

Lucien Henry

(France, Australia 1850 – 1896)

Waratah

Location
19th c Australian art
Further information

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.

Year
1887
Media
Painting
Medium
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
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