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Oak Branch

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




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.”


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Prints and Drawings


Henri Rousseau


Oak Branch


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1907–1908


Pen and gray ink on cream wove paper


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


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

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