Arts Everyday Living: Animals in Art—The Horses of Sky Country

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Ernest Martin Hennings,

Ernest Martin Hennings, Riders at Sunset, 1935-1945, o.c., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

 

Let’s fly into a region where the earth meets the sky: the mountains of the Southwest with its rugged terrain of sagebrush and rocks, illuminated by the piercing sun.

We are alone, except for the Native American riders below.  A landscape in which horses are needed to survive—sturdy and sure-footed, most of all, reliable.  Not just for show or recreation, but a lifeline through the harsh winters or the endless summers.

Ernest Martin Hennings (1886-1956), the creator of Riders at Sunset, was drawn like many American artists to the dramatic environment of the Southwest and West early in the 20th century.  Born in 1886, Hennings lived until the age of 70, leaving a legacy of splendid works immortalizing the unique culture of the Native Americans.*

 

*Excerpt from Animals in Art: Best Friends and Companions by Joan Hart, Museum One, Inc., Alexandria, VA, 1995.

 

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