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E. Martin Hennings
Homeward Bound
about 1933–34
oil
30 1/4 x 36 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor



Preferring to paint outdoors, Hennings noted: “I have been working in Taos for many years and I think that should prove that I like it here; the country, the mountains with their canyons and streams, the sage beneath the clouded skies, the adobe village with its Spanish people, and of course, the Taos Pueblo with its Indians.” Hennings shows a Taos Indian, who wears the traditional men's white robe, and a woman bundled against the cold, hurrying home on a winter afternoon. Tall, dried-up sunflower stalks form a latticework backdrop, rhythmically propelling them along their way. Homeward Bound was painted as part of the New Deal's Public Works of Art Project (PWAP).