Henselmann was born in Sigmaringen, Province of Hohenzollern. After studying at the Gymnasium he completed an apprenticeship to be a wood sculptor. After the First World War he was a student at the Munich Academy. He taught at the Münchner Staatsschule für angewandte Kunst (Munich School for applied arts) and from 1946 was a professor at the Munich Academy, where he served an extensive period of time as Academy President. Henselmann died in Munich.
He was married to the painter Marianne Henselmann, née Euler (* 1903 in Aschaffenburg; † 2002 in Munich), with whom he had two children.
Selection of Works
- High Altar in the St. Stephan's Cathedral in Passau
- Chorbogencruzifix in the Munich Frauenkirche
- Rindermarktbrunnen in Munich
- Vierjahreszeitenbrunnen in Sigmaringen
- Christophorus in der Prinzregentenstraße in Munich
- Trumpeter of Säckingen
- Hygieia in the foyer of Jodquellen AG in Bad Tölz
Selection of Awards
- Großer Preussischer Staatspreis (Grand Prussian State Prize)
- Bayerischer Verdienstorden (Bavarian Order of Merit)
- Bayerischer Maximiliansorden für Wissenschaft und Kunst (Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art)
- Förderpreis im Bereich Bildende Kunst der Landeshauptstadt München (Translates as "Munich Fellowship of the Fine Arts") (1957)