E. Martin Hennings, A Friendly Encounter, c. 1922. Oil on canvas. 45 x 50 inches.
Explore the journey of two lifelong friends and fellow artists who were instrumental in defining American art in the twentieth century. A Place in the Sun presents bold, large-scale paintings by Walter Ufer and E. Martin Hennings, who found their niche in the Southwestern village of Taos, New Mexico.
Organized chronologically, this exhibition highlights the parallels and differences between the artists' lives and artistic development. Both artists gravitated toward subjects drawn from the region’s rich American Indian and Hispanic cultures, the serene landscape, and vibrant light of the Southwest. Even though the artists painted similar subjects, their artistic styles truly differentiate their work. Ufer painted alla prima, in which layers of wet paint are applied to previous layers of wet paint. Hennings adopted the German style of art nouveau called jugendstil, which is inspired by curved lines and the natural forms in flowers, plants, and trees.
A Place in the Sun is the first exhibition to present the major award-winning paintings by Ufer and Hennings.
Denver Art Museum - A Place in the Sun - Paintings by Walter Ufer and E. Martin Hennings - 25.11.2015-24.04.2016