Featured in this lot is this original oil painting of "Sagebrush and Billowing Clouds," from Ernest Martin Henings born 1886 and passed in 1956. The oil on board painting features a vibrant scene of sagebrush of different shades of light to dark green on the red clay ground with billowing clouds in the sky. The artist signature can be seen in the bottom right hand corner. E. Martin Hennings was born in Penns Grove, New Jersey to German immigrant parents. Two years after he was born, Hennings' father moved his family to Chicago. It was in 1901 that Hennings began taking classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, which was largely based on the great European art schools and made particularly emphasis on the importance of drawing. On June 17, 1904, he graduated from the school with honors, but continued to study there for another two years, mostly under the instruction of John Vanderpoel. By the 1920s, Ernest Hennings was a established painter was building his reputation on the national scene, with exhibitions and awards including: the Walter Lippincott Prize at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the lsidor Medal and the Ranger Fund Purchase prizes at the National Academy of Design in New York, the Harry Frank Prize from the Art Institute of Chicago, and exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The condition of this oil on board painting is good with no obvious signs of damage and in good overall condition. The measurements of this framed oil on board are 16 1/4" x 14" and the visible art measures 7 1/2" x 5 1/4". Artwork from this artist most recently sold for $740,000.00 from Bonhams Auction on Aug 04, 2012. Provenance: From the renowned Sundog Fine Art Bozeman, Montana collection and collected by Bruce VanLandingham. Bruce VanLandingham was a pillar in the American Indian collecting community and a respected expert. Along with being an avid collector, Bruce also was the sole owner of Sundog Fine Art Gallery in Bozeman, which was both part museum and gallery.