E. Martin Hennings (1886-1956)
E. Martin Hennings was born in Pennsgrove, New Jersey in 1886, and moved to Chicago with his family as a young boy, eventually attending and graduating with honors from the Art Institute of Chicago. After 6 years as a graphic artist, Hennings left for Germany to attend the Munich Academy where he was introduced to Walter Ufer and Victor Higgins.
With the onset of World War I, Hennings returned to commercial art work in Chicago in 1915. Two years later he was sponsored by prominent Chicago patrons to embark on a life-changing trip to Taos, New Mexico.
In 1921, Hennings became a full-time resident of Taos, and 3 years later would join his old friends Ufer and Higgins as a member of the Taos Society of Artists. Hennings would spend the rest of his life in Taos, painting the New Mexico Indians as his preferred subjects, always portraying them with great respect as dignified and introspective. E. Martin Hennings died in Taos in 1956.