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Oak Branch

A work made of pen and gray ink on cream wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of pen and gray ink on cream wove paper.

Date:

1907/08

Artist:

Henri Rousseau
French, 1844–1910

About this artwork

According to his close friend, artist Robert Delaunay, all of Rousseau’s drawings were destroyed after his death. However, as the inscription indicates, this rare drawing was a gift from the artist to a certain “Mademoiselle Herminie,” and it survived as a result. Rousseau often used flowers in his work for their symbolic meanings. He was particularly fond of daisies, which traditionally represent innocence and purity. Perhaps a more heartfelt message was intended here, as the petals of daisies are often plucked, one by one, to find out if one is loved: “she loves me, she loves me not.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Henri Rousseau

Title

Oak Branch

Place

France (Artist's nationality)

Date

Made 1907–1908

Medium

Pen and gray ink on cream wove paper

Inscriptions

Inscribed recto, lower center, in pen and black ink: "Pour Mlle. Herminie/Sincère amitié H. Rousseau"

Dimensions

15.9 × 10.9 cm (6 5/16 × 4 5/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2013.1019

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