Arts Everyday Living: Art of the Southwest—A Native American Journey

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Ernest Martin Hennings, Passing By, 1933-1934, oil on canvas, Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.



A Native American man and woman walk side by side in silence, their figures softly lighted by the dying glow of the sunset.  Where is the couple going, protected only by blankets against the winter cold?  How many miles must they travel until the end of their journey?

By is the work of Ernest Martin Hennings (1886-1956) who belonged to the Taos Society of Artists, founded in 1915.  Hennings, originally from Chicago, was like his fellow members, deeply moved by the incomparable people and landscape of northern New Mexico. In 1921, he settled permanently in Taos, almost a decade before Georgia O’Keeffe made her first visit to the area.


Information on Ernest Martin Hennings is from National Museum of American Art, published by the museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1995.

To view another blog on Hennings, click:

The Horses of Sky Country


The above image is used solely for educational purposes.


And discover more American artists, Frederic Church and Georgia O’Keeffe, in Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively.

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