A Place in the Sun

The Southwest Paintings of Walter Ufer & E. Martin Hennings

Closed on Apr 24, 2016

E. Martin Hennings, A Friendly Encounter, c. 1922. Oil on canvas. 45 x 50 inches.

Denver Art Museum; The Roath Collection by exchange; William Sr and Dorothy Harmsen Collection by exchange; funds from Henry Roath, Lanny and Sharon Martin, 2013 Collectors' Choice, and The Second Decade Fund, 2014.28.

Walter Ufer, Going East, 1917. Oil on canvas; 51 x 51 in. The Eugene B. Adkins Collection at Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma.

E. Martin Hennings, Through the Greasewood, about 1922. Oil on canvas, 45 × 43 in. Collection of Richard and Nedra Matteucci.

Walter Ufer, Me and Him, 1918. Oil on canvas, 40 × 36 in. Private collection.

Closed on Apr 24, 2016

Hamilton Building - Level 1
Included in general admission.

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.

An exhibition catalog is available in The Shops and online.

A Place in the Sun: The Southwest Paintings of Walter Ufer & E. Martin Hennings is organized by the Petrie Institute of Western American Art, Denver Art Museum. It is presented with generous support from James J. Volker Family Trust, Mary and Gary Buntmann, Carolyn and Robert Barnett, the donors to the Petrie Institute of Western American Art endowment, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.