"Paintings are to teach man to see the glory of human visual existence" (Hensche)

Henry Hensche was born on Feb. 20, 1901 in Chicago; died Dec. 10, 1992, in Gray, Louisiana. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, Beaux Arts Institute of Design and the National Academy of Design in NY. He was an assistant to Charles Webster Hawthorne (founder of the Cape Cod School of Art) for 3 years.

Member of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (he showed in annual exhibitions beginning in 1922), the Boston Guild of Artists and the Grand Central Gallery in NYC.

Awards include Pulitzer Traveling Scholarship in 1921 and the Hallgarten Prize in 1929, both at the National Academy of New York. Exhibited at the Pittsburgh International, National Academy of Design Annual, Chicago Art Institute Annual, the Philadelphia Annual and the Corcoran Biennial.

According to Ellis Island and the Art Institute of Chicago’s records, Henry Hensche was born Feb. 25,1899 in Germany. He came to the US via Antwerp, Belgium,arriving March 3, 1909 at Ellis Island aboard the SS Kroonland, along with his sister and his father. Henry was 10 years old. His mother died before he was 2.

As a painter and teacher of consummate skill, Hensche is considered by many in the art world to be an unparalleled colorist - a painter justly deserving the artistic lineage that extends back just two generations to the seminal American impressionist, William Merritt Chase. He has been called an iconoclast, a pioneer, and the late Grand Central Art Galleries of New York named him, "L'Enfant Terrible de L‘Academie". A teacher for over 60 years, Hensche instilled in his students a profound appreciation for the beauty of nature’s light and color.

...Living with his father and step-mother in Chicago, Hensche worked in the stock yards to earn the money that would send him to The Art Institute of Chicago....
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