Call us at 1-575-751-0159Hennings said, "I have been working in Taos many years and I think that should prove that I like it here- Ernest Martin Hennings (1886-1956)

EM Hennings Paintings
SOLD"Across the Valley" Oil on canvas, 25" x 30"
SOLD"Along Canyon Road" Oil on canvas, 30" x 30"
SOLD"Indian with Fetish" oil on canvas laid on board, 13.75" x 13.75"
SOLD "Mending the Dress"
SOLD"Aspen Riders"
SOLD"Sagebrush Riders" Oil on canvas, 30" x 30"
SOLD "A Riverside Town" Oil on canvas, 25" x 36"
SOLD "Fishing the Rio Hondo"Oil on canvas, 10" x 14"
SOLD"Landscape with Deer"
SOLD "VALLEY VISTA"Oil on canvas
SOLD "Des Montes Ranch near Taos"
SOLD "Fisherman's Wives"
SOLD "Rainstorm Taos Mountains"
SOLD "Mountain Aspens, Taos" oil on canvas, 30 1/4" x 30 1/4"

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Ernest Martin Hennings (1886-1956)

written by Robert Parsons

and Ashley Rolshoven

Ernest Martin Hennings Art Biography:

Hennings painting in Taos

Hennings painting in Taos

Hennings said, "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 adobe 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. That day I secured a pamphlet that showed me that art could be studied. That had never occurred to me."

"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.

Ernest Martin Hennings

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EM Hennings Highest Auction Prices

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

"STREAMSIDE" Price: $1,359,000

"Four Riders" Price: $1,102,500

"The Taos Twins" Price: $1,032,500

"AUTUMN ASPEN" Price: $701,500


"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.

Martin and Hellen Hennings on their wedding day

Martin and Hellen Hennings on their wedding day

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.

EM Hennings Major Awards

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

EM Hennings Major lithographs

"Across the Sage"

"The Frozen Stream"

"Through Sage and Cedar"

"Indian Bake Ovens"

"Beneath the Cottonwoods'

"The Hunters"

"Taos Indian"

"Indian Maiden"

EM Hennings Museum Collections

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:

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

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