Oscar BerninghausU.S. 1847-1952
Inians Along Taos Mountain Slopes 38.0427
Oscar Berninghaus had never painted in oil before his first visit to Taos, New Mexico in 1899. Upon his return to his native St. Louis, where he was employed as an illustrator, he began to more seriously address oil painting as a medium. He returned to Taos every summer after his initial visit, eventually purchasing a home there in 1919 and moving permanently in 1925. His training in the graphic arts taught him to capture the viewer's attention and use composition to tell a story. In this painting, Berninghaus balanced his focus between the landscape and the local Taos Indians.
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