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OE Berninghaus Paintings

“Ghost Riding the Trail”26" x 35" oil on canvas
"Greeting the Wagon Train"
"Greeting the Wagon Train"20" x 30" oil on canvas
"Indians on the Mesa"
SOLD"Indians on the Mesa"
"Peace & Plenty"
SOLD"Peace & Plenty" 1925
"Afternoon Shadows"
SOLD"Afternoon Shadows"
"Winter Evening (Taos)"
SOLD"Winter Evening (Taos)" 1918
"Indian Mail Man"
SOLD"Indian Mail Man"
"John Dunn's Taos Stagecoach"
SOLD"John Dunn's Taos Stagecoach"Oil on canvas, 20" x 30" ca. 1920's
"Storm Clouds over Taos Mountain"
SOLD"Storm Clouds over Taos Mountain"Oil on board, 14" x 20"1947-1948
"The Irrigation Ditch"
SOLD"The Irrigation Ditch"Oil on board, 12" x 16"1949
"Llano Quemado"
SOLD"Llano Quemado"
"Attacking Stage"
SOLD"Attacking Stage"
"Taos Adobe"
SOLD"Taos Adobe"
"Ranchitos Hacienda"
SOLD"Ranchitos Hacienda"Oil on canvas
"Trail to the Mountains"
SOLD"Trail to the Mountains"
"Train Scene"
SOLD"Train Scene" 1925
 "Along the River"
SOLD"Along the River"
"Truchas Peaks Taos"
SOLD"Truchas Peaks Taos"
"Moonlight and Shadows"
SOLD"Moonlight and Shadows"
"Trampas Church"
SOLD"Trampas Church"
SOLD"Bullfight"44" x 50" oil

"Trail Sagebrush"
SOLD"Trail Sagebrush"

"The body of (Berninghaus') work is a magnificent document of the Southwest,

painted as no one else has put down in this country.

It is suffused with tenderness, is straight and tough as a pine tree, strong as a verb," said fellow Taos artist Rebecca James.

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Oscar E Berninghaus (1874-1952)

Art Biography:

written by Robert Parsons

and Ashley Rolshoven

Berninghaus explains Taos

I "became infected with the Taos germ and promised myself a longer stay…"

Berninghaus said about Taos, "I stayed here but a week, became infected with the Taos germ and promised myself a longer stay…" "We have had French, Dutch, Italian and German art. Now we have American art. I feel that from Taos will come that art."

He explained, "I boarded a narrow gauge freight train, affectionally known as the Chile Line, bound for Santa Fe, New Mexico. That was in 1899. For reasons unknown to me the little train would stop every few miles, perhaps to cool down the axle, take in fuel and water or remove some fallen boulder from the mountainside. Anyway, whatever it was, this gave the pleasant opportunity to make sketches of such objects as sagebrush, pinion trees and rock formations. The train crew, taking interest in me and what I was doing, suggested i might ride the top of the freight car that I may better see the country as we roll along. It was a beautiful bright sunny day in May. The warmth of the sun was warmth to the soul and body in this high altitude of Northern New Mexico. The sun casting its glowing color over the hills, that gave the Sangre de Christo mountains their name. I found Taos just as beautiful as the brakeman had described it. And more so."

OE Berninghaus in Taos Studio
OE Berninghaus in Taos Studio

Oscar E Berninghaus, a founder of the Taos Society of Artists, first visited in 1899.

Settling permanently for 27 years, he was one of the very few ever allowed into the Native American Kivas and religious ceremonies.

OE Berninghaus in his Taos Studio
OE Berninghaus in his Taos Studio

Fellow Taos artist Rebecca James said, "The body of his work is a magnificent document of the Southwest,

painted as no one else has put down in this country.

It is suffused with tenderness, is straight and tough as a pine tree, strong as a verb."

Oscar E Berninghaus in Taos
Oscar E Berninghaus in Taos

Berninghaus said: "The painter must first see his picture as paint-as color-as form-and not as a landscape or a figure.

He must see with his inner eye, then paint with feeling, not with seeing."

Oscar E Berninghaus in Taos Studio
Oscar E Berninghaus in Taos Studio

Oscar E Berninghaus Timeline

Oscar E Berninghaus was born in St. Louis, MO, on Oct. 2, 1874.

He studied at the St. Louis School of Fine Art.

He attended the St. Louis grammar schools and sold sketches to newspapers as a youth.

He also created sketches of the river front in St. Luis, which he sold to tourists and newspapers.

In 1889, at the age of 16 he quit school and instead went to work for Compton & Sons, a lithography company.

In 1893, he started working for Woodward and Tiernan, one of the worlds largest printing companies.

He took night classes in the Art Department of the School of Fine Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

In 1899, at the age of 25, he had his first one man exhibition at the Frank D. Healy Galleries in St. Louis.

In 1899, he was hired by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad to create a series of pieces of travel literature about New Mexico and Colorado.

About his first visit to Taos, he said, "I stayed here but a week, became infected with the Taos germ and promised myself a longer stay…"

In 1900 he spent the first of many summers in Taos, New Mexico.

He was one of the very few ever to gain admittance to the sacred kivas of the Taos Pueblo Indians.

In 1900, Berninghaus had his first on man show.

By 1905 his work was highly honored by the newspapers of New York, Chicago and San Francisco.

In 1912, he became associated with the founders of the Taos Society of Artists.

By 1913, Berninghaus was working half of each year in New Mexico

In 1915 he became one of the founders of the Taos Society of Artists.

In 1919 OE Berninghaus bought an old adobe house on the Loma overlooking the town Taos.

In 1925 he made his Taos residency permanent, allowing him to experience all four seasons in Taos.

In 1931 he painted in the surrounding states, including a mural of the opening of the west for the Post Office in Phoenix, Arizona.

Altogether he created 23 murals for the Federal Works Agency, including a large 8' x 20' mural, called "Border Gateways", in the federal courtroom in the Post Office Building in Ft. Scott in 1937.

Oscar Berninghaus died in Taos, New Mexico on April 27, 1952, at the age of 77, three days after a heart attack.

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Berninghaus Highest Auction Prices


"Indian Farmer" Price: $690,000

"Indian Farmer" Price: $690,000

"A CORNER IN THE TAOS PLAZA" Price: $541,000

"Short Cut" Price: $431,250

"Taos Field of Workers (1950)" Price: $400,000

"Autumn Days" Price: $365,500

"Autumn Bounty" Price: $325,000

"Indians on Horseback" Price: $324,000

"Tracks on the Trail" Price: $284,500

"Cottonwoods in the Fall, Glorietta Grove" Price: $280,000

"Aspen Forest on Taos Pass" Price: $262,400

"Tracks on the Trail" Price: $284,500

"Cottonwoods in the Fall, Glorietta Grove" Price: $280,000

"Aspen Forest on Taos Pass" Price: $262,400

Oscar E Berninghaus' Art prices have risen steadily. Please contact the Gallery for the latest prices and current inventory.

Inventory changes daily.

Parsons does not offer Oscar E Berninghaus reproductions, because no reproduction can compare to the real paintings.

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Oscar E Berninghaus Art Media:

Colored Pencils



Oil Paints


Pens and Inks



OE Berninghaus Museum Collections:

Amon Carter Museum of American Art


Arizona State University Art Museum

Butler Institute of American Art

City Art Museum St. Louis

C.M. Russell Museum

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Desert Caballeros Western Museum

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians-Western Art

Figge Art Museum/Davenport Art Museum

Gilcrease Museum

Jack S Blanton Museum of Art

Jonson Gallery of University of New Mexico

Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri-Columbia

Museum of The Southwest

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

National Museum of American Art-Smithsonian

New Mexico Museum of Art

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Phoenix Art Museum

Philbrook Art Center

Rockwell Museum of Western Art

San Diego Museum of Art

Sangre De Cristo Arts Center

Stark Museum of Art

St. Louis Mercantile Library At The University Of Missouri - St. Louis

The Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division

The Arkansas Arts Center

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

The Harwood Museum of Art

The Philbrook Museum of Art

The Sid Richardson Collection Of Western Art

Thyssen-Bonemisza Collection

Tucson Museum of Art

University of Wyoming Art Museum

Woolaroc Museum

Oscar E Berninghaus Exhibitions:

Art Institute of Chicago

Charles Russell Art Show

Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC

Edgar B Davis Competition, Texas

National Academy of Design

Panama Pacific Exhibition of 1915

Society of Western Artists

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Important Berninghaus Paintings:

"Old Faithful, Yellowstone" (1914)

"Autumn Days" (1924)

"Their Son" (1924)

"Border Gateways" (1937)

"Watching the Ballgame"

"Pitching Hay"

"Storm Clouds"

"The Irrigation Ditch"


"John Dunn, Taos Stage Coach"

"Ranchos Hacienda"

"Trail to the Mountains"

"Autumn Days" (1924)

"Making Camp" ca.1930

"Dance at the Pueblo"

"Return to the Pueblo" (1917)


"Indian on Horseback"

"The Relief Train"

"A Fight For The Overland Mail"

"Overland Mail Coach"

"The Faithful Ponies"

"Haytime and Showers"

"Friendly Indians Watching A Wagon Train"

"Westward Ho!"

"Attack on an Emigrant Train"

"Fight for the Overland Mail"

"In the Village of Lavacita, NM" Oil on Canvas Board, c. 1920, 16" x 20"

"Pitching Hay" Oil on Board, c. 1930, 10" x 12"

"The Green Leaves of Summer" Oil on Canvas, 20" x 16"

"Taos Pueblo and Indian" Oil on Panel, CIrca 1914, 8" x 12"

"Indian at Fireplace" Watercolor, CIrca 1900, 9" x 4"

"Around Taos" Oil on Board, 9" x 12"

"Taos Adobe Home" Oil on Panel, CIrca 1914, 8" x 12"

"Taos Mountain Riders" Oil on Panel, Circa 1930, 12" x 16"

"Church at Ranchos de Taos" 1920, oil on canvas, 28" x 28"


"Border Gateways"

"Communication During the Period of Exploration"

"Pioneer Communication"


"Surrender of the Miamis to General Henry Dodge 1814"

OE Berninghaus Awards and Memberships:

1924 Ranger Fund Prize

The 1926 Second Altman Prize from the National Academy of Design.

National Academy of Design, Elected Member

National Society of Mural Painters

Salmagundi Club, New York City

Society of Western Artists

Taos Society of Artists

OE Berninghaus Paintings and Murals On Line:

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"The Rabbit Hunter" circa 1945


"Spring Plowing" 1937 oil on canvas, 34 x 40 in.


"Making Camp" ca.1930 watercolor 10 1/4 x 14 1/4 in.


"Wood Haulers" n.d. woodcut 6 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.


"Surrender of the Miamis to General Henry Dodge 1814" mural (c1920)


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