Autumn Aspen Forest, 1949

by Oscar Edmund Berninghaus (1874–1952)
Oil on canvas
25¼ x 30⅛ inches
Signed and dated lower right: O.E. BERNINGHAUS. / –49–

Artist Biography

Oscar Edmund Berninghaus was a founding member of the Taos Society of Artists and a leading painter of the American West. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, his family’s lithography business likely inspired Berninghaus’s early interest in art. Berninghaus attended night classes at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts while working for various printers and lithographers and later continued his studies at Washington University. In 1899, the Denver and Rio Grande Railway sent the artist on a trip west to depict the scenery along the trail. It was on this trip that the artist first visited Taos, New Mexico—a location

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