Louise Henderson


Grave of Dame Louise Henderson

Date of birth:  21 April 1902
Date of death:  27 June 1994

As a child, Louise Etiennette Sidonie Sauze played with marble chips in the home of Auguste Rodin. She was born in Paris, where her father was the sculptor's secretary, but moved to Christchurch in 1925 after marrying New Zealander Hubert Henderson.

Henderson, who was trained in embroidery design, wrote and designed for Madame magazine in Paris. She taught embroidery and design at Canterbury College School of Art, the Correspondence School and Wellington Teachers College.

In New Zealand she also began to paint landscapes in a modernist style, exhibiting for the first time in 1933. From 1935 - 1938 she was a member of The Group along with other influential New Zealand artists including Rita Angus. Her first solo exhibition was held in 1948 at Wellington Public Library.

With her husband's encouragement Henderson became a full-time artist, returning to Paris for a year to study cubism under Jean Metzinger. Later she taught art at the National Art School (Sydney), Elam School of Fine Arts and the Auckland City Art Gallery. A prolific and influential artist, Dame Louise Henderson's artworks appear in many public and private collections.