Glen Cooper Henshaw

Birth: 08-08-1880 Windfall, Indiana
Death: 04-05-1946, Baltimore, MD.
Married: Olive M. Galencia, Aug 24 1905,Carolyn Hastings, Dec 31 1933
Known For: Portraits, Cityscapes

Glen changed the spelling of his last name from Hinshaw to Henshaw around 1911 or 1912.
Glen’s mother died when he was an infant, so he and his sister went to live with their aunt in Mechanicsburg.
Once his father remarried, Glen and his sister Effie returned to Windfall.
The only boy in his high school class to graduate.
One of the first students of the John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, IN.
A doctor who would rather he spend time in Europe, then with his daughter, financed his trip abroad to study art.
Studied in Munich Germany for more than a year, but his instructors were too structured, so he moved on to Paris.
Impressionism matched his style and personality so he spent the next 10 years in France and Italy.
Studied under Bonnat at the Ecole des Bauex Arts and under Laurens at the Academie Julien.
Married an Italian woman named Olive M. Galencia, Aug 24, 1905, who was a studying sculptor at the Rodin in Paris.
The threat of war in Europe prompted the Henshaws to move back to the US and open a studio in New York City.
Soon after moving to the US Olive became ill and died.
Glen painted scenes up and down the east coast.
Came to Indianapolis to paint portraits, also painted in Chicago.
Met and married a teacher from Baltimore named Carolyn Hastings.
Once married, he then moved and opened a studio in Baltimore.

Glen's work was highly regarded but by the late 1930’s cubism and expressionism came into favor and his work was considered old school.
In 1941 the Henshaws were worried the east coast might be bombed during the war and moved to Nashville, In. where he had visited when he was very young.
After Glenn bought the Odd Fellows building, he required the well know photographer Frank Hohenberger to move out.  Frank had lived there for 24 years.
He continued to summer in Brown County for five years painting the people and surrounding area.
85 of the 400 oils upon his death were eventually put in the permanent collection at the Brown County Art Gallery.
Unfortunately, a fire at the gallery destroyed much of his work.

1. Lyn Letsinger-Miller - The Artists of Brown County - Indiana University Press Bloomington and Indianapolis 1994
2. Henshaw Family tree,


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