Lot 128
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Oscar Edward Berninghaus

80,000 - 120,000 USD
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  • Oscar Edward Berninghaus
  • Autumn Aspen Forest
  • signed O.E. Berninghaus and dated -49- (lower right)
  • oil on canvas
  • 25 by 30 inches
  • (63.5 by 76.2 cm)


Pauline Gillespie Townsend, Wichita, Kansas
By descent to the present owner

Catalogue Note

Oscar Berninghaus dedicated his life to capturing the beauty of the landscape and people of New Mexico. He first became entranced by Taos in 1899 while on assignment as a commercial artist for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. Berninghaus regularly returned to the area to paint and sketch until 1915, when he became a founding member of the Taos Society of Artists. The success of the traveling exhibitions put on by the Society allowed Berninghaus to permanently relocate to Taos in 1925. Following this move, Berninghaus's tones became richer and his compositions became more complex. As we see in Autumn Aspen Forest, Berninghaus has interwoven the greens, yellows, and oranges of the trees to capture the changing of the season.