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E. Martin Hennings
Riders at Sunset
1935–45
oil
30 x 36 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Arvin Gottlieb



Tranquility surrounds the riders who make their way through the sage, as shadows lengthen. Hennings was an active member of the Taos Society of Artists from 1924 to 1927, but he considered himself independent of art movements, declaring, “Art must of necessity be the artist's own reaction to nature and his personal style is governed by his own temperament, rather than by a style molded through the intellect.”