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Joseph Henry Sharp
A prolific artist who created a large collection of documentary works on western Indian themes, Joseph Henry Sharp was foremost a talented and well-trained figure painter in the 19th-century academic mold. He is considered the progenitor of the artists' colony at Taos since he convinced Bert Geer Phillips and Ernest L. Blumenschein, the colony's first members, to visit the town.
Ernest Martin Hennings
Ernest Martin Hennings was the third Chicagoan to be introduced to Taos through the patronage of Carter H. Harrison's syndicate, the other artists being Walter Ufer and William Victor Higgins. A traditionally-trained academic artist, Hennings was a muralist and figure painter in practice, but after settling in Taos, he found the countryside so compelling that he painted landscapes both with and without figures. In his southwestern work, Hennings eschewed the vigorous, narrative tradition that depicted the "Wild West" for carefully constructed studies of figures and landscape interwoven into a colorful, decorative pattern of impressive beauty.
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