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Catalog Number 2000.023.001
Object Name Painting
Artist Henderson, William Penhallow
Title Sky High, Powder River, Riding Cheyenne, Las Vegas Rodeo
Date 1915-1925
Medium oil on canvas
Description Cowboy on a bucking horse, men gathered around watching; one man on the right also on horseback; bright blue sky in the background. ca. 1920

William Penhallow Henderson was born in Medford, MA. in 1877. He studied art, engineering, and comparative religion in high school. Each of these subjects would be of life long interest to him. Henderson continued his education at the Boston Museum School and built a respect for the European painters. He won a Paige Traveling Scholarship to study in Europe and was influenced by the paintings of Velasquez. He taught at The Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and was part of Santa Fe art world from 1916 until his death in 1943.In 1923 he was one of the founders of the New Mexico Painters Society. His unique romantic style is between naturalism and abstraction.

Early rodeos often had an event of catching, saddling, and riding wild horses. That appears to be what is portrayed in this colorful painting.

W.P. Henderson was born in Massachusetts. He traveled in Europe and taught art in Chicago, but is best known as a highly inventive artist of the Taos and Santa Fe art world.
Dimensions H-48.75 W-62.87 D-3 inches
Height (in) 48.75
Width (in) 62.87
Depth (in) 3
Dimension Details 40.87 (h) x 54.75 (w) unframed
Imagefile 001\2000.023.001.JPG