Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    E. MARTIN HENNINGS (American, 1886-1956)
    Across the Sage
    Lithograph on paper
    Image: 8 x 9 inches (20.3 x 22.9 cm)
    Ed. 46/100
    Signed and titled in pencil lower margin: "Across the Sage" / E. Martin Hennings

    Like Oscar Berninghaus, Bert Phillips, and Joseph Henry Sharp, E. Martin Hennings was another Midwestern artist who traveled to the small northern New Mexico town of Taos and became thoroughly captivated by the quality of light there, the intertwining of three distinct cultures, and the natural beauty of the area. He was sent to Taos in 1917 by two Chicago patrons, Oscar Meyer and Carter Harrison, who provided money for transportation and art supplies in return for finished paintings. Hennings had graduated with honors from the Art Institute of Chicago and had studied in Munich. His immersion in the sun infused landscape of northern New Mexico greatly influenced his style, and he quickly traded the somber colors of his Munich years for a much brighter palette reflecting the colors of the Southwest. He moved to Taos permanently in 1921 and concentrated primarily on landscapes and Native American subjects.

    Occasionally he experimented with other media, such as lithography. These prints made his art available to a wider audience and were primarily based on his paintings. Across the Sage is a subject that he frequently portrayed in work, Indian riders set against a vast New Mexico landscape and a cloud filled expanse of sky. Indian Maiden illustrates his lifelong interest in depicting the native culture of New Mexico as he observed it on a firsthand basis. Like other members of the Taos Society of Painters, Hennings was much more interested in producing images of modern Native Americans than with chronicling an earlier time.

    More information about E. MARTIN HENNINGS, also known as Hennings, Ernest Martin, E. Martin Hennings.

    Condition Report*: Visibly good condition, not examined outside of frame.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2010
    20th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,913

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    This item cannot be shipped using standard methods. Please contact us for more information. Sales Tax information

    Important information concerning Sales Tax and Resale Certificates. Learn More

    Terms and Conditions  |  Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments |  Glossary of Terms

    Sold on Nov 20, 2010 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 8 days left to consign to the 2021 October 4 Illustration Art Signature Auction!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Wow; aren’t we lucky to meet you. Thanks for the great info and superior client service.
    Paul & Gerri M.,
    New York, NY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search