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Mission

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Mission

Artist: Ernest Martin Hennings (American, 1886 - 1956)

Medium: pencil on paper
Dimensions:
8 3/4 x 11 7/8 inches (22.2 x 30.2 cm)
Classification: Paper
Credit Line: Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965
Object number: 31.32.47
Accession Number: 1965.2.573
Label Text:Hennings used this pencil sketch of the Mission San José de Laguna to prepare a major painting, Laguna Pueblo Mission Church. He planned his composition on paper by drawing the church and the sky. Next he drew a grid over the sketch. The grid would help him transfer the scene to a larger canvas. Hennings may have made other preliminary drawings for this painting. The final work shows that Hennings made changes. He shifted the perspective on the architectural features, omitted the ladder, and added human figures.
Provenance: H.J. Lutcher Stark [1887-1965]; bequeathed September 2, 1965 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art
Exhibitions:
  • Color, Pattern, and Plane: E. Martin Hennings in Taos
  • The Drawing Experience