William Penhallow Henderson
The journey of Henderson’s life led him from a traditional, technically oriented painting education as a student in Boston, to Europe, the home of the Old masters as well as the new Fauves and Cubist, to his spiritual home in Santa Fe, where he found his stylistic place, between naturalism and abstraction, bridging realism and romanticism.
While in high school, Henderson studied in addition to art, civil engineering and comparative religion, interests that would remain with him for the rest of his life. He continued his education at the Boston Museum School, then headed by the well respected American Impressionist painter, Edmund C. Tarbell.
He moved to Santa Fe after his wife, Alice Corbin was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1916. He turned to architecture and the decorative arts to sustain him financially, while continuing to produce paintings. In 1925, Henderson formed the Pueblo Spanish Building Company through which he planned and built several structures in Santa Fe and elsewhere.
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