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Oscar E. Berninghaus ( 1874–1952 )

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Oscar E. Berninghaus, born in 1874 in St. Louis, Missouri, displayed his inclination for art at an early age. At sixteen he quit school to work for a lithography company and later attended night classes at the School of Fine Arts in St. Louis. In 1899, the Denver and Rio Grand Railroad hired him to travel west to sketch and produce watercolors of the mountain scenery, people and villages.  It was during this journey that Berninghaus encountered the magic of Taos, the Pueblo, and the Indians.

Berninghaus continued to return to Taos almost every summer for the next twenty-five years. As early as 1905, his work received critical acclaim in the newspapers with some writers comparing him to Frederic Remington. In the summer of 1915, Berninghaus co-founded the famous Taos Society of Artists along with Joseph Sharp, Bert Phillips, Ernest Blumenschein, E.I. Couse and Herbert Dunton.

In 1925, Berninghaus moved permanently to New Mexico where he continued to paint in Taos until the time of his death. For most of his artistic career Berninghaus painted models from life and landscapes from nature. In later years, however, his repertoire of stored images was so large that he was able to paint from memory as accurately as he had once painted from life.

Artist Works

Lot 150
(2013)
Oscar E. Berninghaus (1874–1952)
Harvest Season ()
oil on canvas
25 x 30 in
$573,300
Lot 111
(2009)
Oscar E. Berninghaus (1874–1952)
Short Cut ()
oil on canvas
25.25 x 30.25 in
$431,250
Lot 162
(2009)
Oscar E. Berninghaus (1874–1952)
In the Forest ()
oil on canvas
19.5 x 23.5 in
$126,500
Lot 108
(2012)
Oscar E. Berninghaus (1874–1952)
Untitled ()
oil on board
16 x 20 in
$51,750
Lot 156
(2014)
Oscar E. Berninghaus (1874–1952)
Irrigation Ditch (1949)
oil on board
12 x 16 in
$29,250
Lot 82
(2010)
Oscar E. Berninghaus (1874–1952)
The Corner in the Pueblo ()
oil on canvasboard
9 x 12 in
$25,000
Lot 72
(2008)
Oscar E. Berninghaus (1874–1952)
Irrigation Ditch (1949)
Oil on Canvas Board
12 x 16 in
$85,000–$100,000
Lot 117
(2012)
Oscar E. Berninghaus (1874–1952)
Winter in Taos (1925)
oil on canvas
16 x 20 in
$120,000–$170,000
Lot 208
(2016)
Oscar E. Berninghaus (1874–1952)
Pueblo Indians on Their Reservation ()
oil on masonite
12 x 16 in
$35,100
Lot 281
(2016)
Oscar E. Berninghaus (1874–1952)
Saddled Horses in Moonlight ()
oil on canvasboard
9 x 13 in
$9,360
Lot 145
(2008)
Oscar E. Berninghaus (1874–1952)
Adobe House ()
Watercolor on Paper
10 x 12 in
$7,475
Lot 290
(2018)
Oscar E. Berninghaus (1874–1952)
Indian Turning the Soil ()
oil on board
16 x 20 in
$44,000
Lot 322
(2018)
Oscar E. Berninghaus (1874–1952)
Why the Mail was Late ()
watercolor and gouache on paper
15 x 20 1/2 (sight) in
$27,500
Lot 292
(2018)
Oscar E. Berninghaus (1874–1952)
Taos Field of Workers ()
oil on canvas
25 x 30 in
$321,750
Lot 109
(2018)
Oscar E. Berninghaus (1874–1952)
Adobe Houses (ca. 1945)
watercolor and pencil on paper
9 3/4 x 11 1/2 in
$7,020