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Museum: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Hennings, E.M.
Collection: American Collection
Specialty: Paintings
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In the early 20^th century, Modernist artists found a new sponsor and
subject when socialite and art collector Mabel Dodge Luhon helped sponsor
an art colony in Taos, New Mexico. The new colony, which focused on
Southwestern subjects, including the Native American population and
surrounding desert and mountain scenery, and depicted them without the
narrative structure or sentimental nostalgia of earlier artists, attracted
painters like Joseph Henry Sharp, Nikolai Fechin, Georgia O'Keeffe, and
E.M. Hennings. Ernest Martin Hennings began his career as a commercial
artist specializing in murals. Unsatisfied doing commercial work, he left
to study at the Royal Academy in Munich in 1913, but found his studies cut
short by the outbreak of World War I. In 1917, he first visited Taos,
already a significant art colony, but it took three years for him to
abandon commercial art and move there full-time to pursue a career as an
independent painter. Taos opened up his style; his palette brightened and
he found fresh subject matter for figurative painting in the local Native
American population. In 1924, he was elected a member of the prestigious
Taos Society of Artists.