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Ernest Martin Hennings (1886-1956)

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"Indian with Fetish"   "Mending the Dress"
 oil on canvas laid on board, 13.75" x 13.75"  

"Aspen Riders" "Sagebrush Riders" 
   Oil on canvas, 30" x 30"
 "A Riverside Town"  "Fishing the Rio Hondo"
 Oil on canvas, 25" x 36" Oil on canvas, 10" x 14" 

"Landscape with Deer"  "VALLEY VISTA"
  Oil on canvas 



 "Des Montes Ranch near Taos" "Along Canyon Road"


"Across the Valley"  "Fisherman's Wives" 
 Oil on canvas, 25" x 30"  

 "Rainstorm Taos Mountains"  "Mountain Aspens, Taos"
    oil on canvas, 30 1/4" x 30 1/4"

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Ernest Martin Hennings (1886-1956)

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Ernest Martin Hennings Art Biography:

Hennings painting in Taos
Hennings painting in Taos

Hennings said, "[Taos] aroused my unbounded enthusiasm."

"I have been working in Taos many years and I think that should prove that I like it here;

the country, the mountains with their canyons and streams, the sage beneath the clouded skies,

the abode village with its Spanish people and of course the Taos Pueblo with its Indians.

Their life - domestic and agricultural - with all the color and romance of their dress and history."

He said: "New Mexico has almost made a landscape painter out of me, although I believe my strongest work is in figures."

"Art must of necessity be the artist's own reaction to nature and his personal style is governed by his temperament,

rather than by a style modeled through the intellect."

"It was rather strange that I chose painting for my profession, for practically none of my family showed artistic tendencies. It happened that when I was twelve or thirteen years old, another lad and myself wandered into the Art Institute of Chicago and it was during that visit that I was determined to become an artist."

"In every picture I expect the Fundamentals to be observed, which I term—draftsmanship, design, form, rhythm, color."

E. Martin Hennings first visited Taos in 1917 on a three month painting trip sponsored by Carter Harrison from his native Chicago. His art nouveau-inspired impressionism, often showing Taos indians riding through the aspens, has made his work one of the most sought-after of the Taos Society of Artists members.

Born to German immigrant parents, the Hennings family settled in Chicago when E. Martin was just an infant. The burgeoning lakeside city offered young boy an ideal setting in which to embark on his artistic path.

 Consequently, Hennings enrolled in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1901-1906, and the firm foundation in drawing that the school provided remained a hallmark of Hennings' work. The artist first gained recognition as a freelance muralist and illustrator, but quickly tired of commercial art. In 1912, Hennings garnered a second place prize for a piece that he entered in the Prix de Rome. This success became the impetus to move to Munich to study at the Royal Academy. While in Europe, Higgins also met Walter Ufer and Victor Higgins,  whom he would rejoin in Taos, NM, five years later.

Concerning John Henry Vanderpoel (1857-1911), Hennings teacher, he said, “He exercised the greatest influence on me during the impressionable and formative period of my life. I look back with reverence to Mr. Vanderpoel for the interest, help and guidance which he rendered to me when I was just beginning the study of art.”

During Hennings' return to Chicago he obtained the attention and financial sponsorship of art patron and former city mayor, Carter Harrison.

 It was agreed that young artist would spend time in Taos, NM, in exchange for whatever paintings the artist could produce of the region. Hennings always stated that he preferred figure painting, although the landscape of Northern New Mexico proved irresistible and Taos helped to expand the painter's repertoire. In 1924 Hennings gained membership in the Taos Society of Artists, and found the scope of his exhibitions growing to include a broader, global market.

In Hennings' final years before his death in 1956, the artist completed a series of five paintings commissioned by the Santa Fe and Topeka railroads, to be used as calendars. It was a subtle reminder, perhaps, of the many gifts that came to pass through his hometown of Chicago.

According to his wishes, he is buried there.

E M Hennings Signatures

Hennings only signed his work after he was satisfied with it.




Ernest Martin Hennings    Highest Auction Prices

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 "Indian Summer"  Price:     $1,553,000


"STREAMSIDE"  Price:     $1,359,000


"Four Riders"  Price:     $1,102,500


"AUTUMN ASPEN"  Price:     $701,500


"TAOS INDIANS HOMEWARD BOUND"  Price:     $659,000


"Across Taos Valley"  Price:     $601,000


"Indian Horsemen"  Price:     $528,750


"Riders in the foothills"  Price:     $512,000


"The Sheep Herder"  Price:     $511,750


"Through the Aspens"  Price:     $500,750


"Pueblo Village"   Price:  $500,000


Fine Art prices have risen steadily. Please contact the Gallery for the latest prices and current inventory.

Parsons does not offer Ernest Martin Hennings prints, because no print can compare to the real paintings.

  Parsons invites you to visit the Galleries to experience the unmatched beauty of the real art.

Ernest Martin Hennings Timeline:

Ernest Martin Hennings was also called E Martin Hennings or Martin Hennings.

Hennings was born in Penns Grove, New Jersey, on February 5, 1886.

In 1888 Hennings and his family moved to Chicago.

He was the son of German immigrant parents, growing up in Chicago.

Hennings schools included Munich Academy of Fine Arts, Royal Academy;

Palette and Chisel Academy, Chicago;

School of the Art Institute of Chicago;

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

From 1901 to 1904 he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, graduating with honors in June 1904.

He continued to study at the Art Institute of Chicago for two more years under John Vanderpoel.

In 1912 he started studies at the Munich Academy in Germany.

There he met Walter Thor, a major influence for his growth.

In 1912 he began studying at the Royal Academy with Franz Von Stuck, the German proponent of Jugendstil.

In 1914 he became a member of the American Artists club in Munich, Germany, meeting Walter Ufer and Victor Higgins.

With the beginning of World War I in 1915, he moved back to to Chicago, working as a commercial artist and muralist.

He joined the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art.

In 1917, Carter Harrison and Oscar Mayer paid Hennings to travel to Taos, New Mexico and paint.

In 1921 Hennings began living full time in Taos.

In 1923 he was nominated to the Taos Society of Artists.  He was elected in 1924 by unanimous vote.

In 1924, Hennings took up permanent residency in Taos, New Mexico.

In 1925 he met and married Helen Otte on July 20, 1926, who worked at the Chicago department store Marshall Field.

  They honeymooned in Europe, spending 16 months in Italy, France, Spain, and Morocco.

In the 30s and 40s Hennings painted portraits part time in Houston, Texas.

His last works, paintings of the Navajo Reservation at Ganado, were for the Santa Fe Railroad Calendar.

He died May 19, 1956 and was buried in Chicago.

Ernest Martin Hennings Major Awards Include:

The Prix de Rome Prize

Gold Medal from the Palette and Chisel Club

The Englewood Women's Club prize at the Art Institute of Chicago

Exhibition at The National Academy of Design in New York City, New York (1917)

The Clyde M. Carr Prize from the Art Institute of Chicago (1922)

The Art Institute of Chicago Fine Arts Building Prize (1922)

The Martin B. Cahn Prize, from the Art Institute of Chicago, for his painting The Twins. (1923 )

The Walter Lippincott Prize from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (1925)

The lsidor Medal and the Ranger Fund Purchase prizes at the National Academy of Design in New York (1926)

The Harry Frank Prize from the Art Institute of Chicago (1927)

Exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (1928 and 1933)

Exhibition at The 1924 Venice Biennale

Exhibition at The International Exhibition in Paris in 1926

Exhibition at The Paris Salon (1927)

First prize, The Texas Wildflower Competition (1929)

Ernest Martin Hennings Exhibitions:

Art Institute of Chicago

Charles Russell Art Show

1928, 1932 Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington, DC

Edgar B Davis Competition, Texas

Exhibition of Art Association for Ernest Hennings

1926 International Exhibition Paris, France

1917  National Academy of Design NY

Palette & Chisel Club-Chicago

Paris Salons

1922, 1925  Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Philaldelphia, PA

1924  Venice Biennale Venice, Italy

Ernest Martin Hennings Murals include:

The cafeteria at the Art Institute of Chicago

The Florentine Ballroom at the Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago

The Ascension, at the Grace Episcopal Cathedral in Topeka, Kansas

Ernest Martin Hennings Major lithographs include:

"Across the Sage"

"The Frozen Stream"

"Through Sage and Cedar"

"Indian Bake Ovens"

"Beneath the Cottonwoods'

"The Hunters"

"Taos Indian"

"Indian Maiden"

Ernest Martin Hennings Museum Collections include:

Anschutz Collection

Booth Western Art Museum

Carl S. Dentzel Collection

C.M. Russell Museum

Denver Art Museum

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

Gilcrease Museum

Harmsen Western Art Collection

John F Eulich Collection

Jonson Gallery of University of New Mexico

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museum of The Southwest

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

National Museum of Wildlife Art

New Mexico Museum of Art

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Rockwell Museum

Santa Fe Railroad

Sangre De Cristo Arts Center

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Stark Museum of Art

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

The Harwood Museum of Art

The Harwood Museum of Art

Walter Bimson Western Art Collection

William Foxley Collection-Western

Woolaroc Museum

 Ernest Martin Hennings Museum Collections On Line include:

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"Through the Arroyo"


"String The Bow" n.d.  etching, 15 x 16 1/2 in.


National Museum of Wildlife

"Deer Among the Aspens"


"The Waterhole"



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