Oscar Berninghaus

1874 – 1952

Oscar Berninghaus


St. Louis, Missouri


Landscape and genre painting, illustration

A founder in 1898 of the Taos Society of Artists, Oscar Berninghaus excelled at drawing animals and figures in contemporary garb in Southwestern landscapes. Many of his early paintings were Impressionistic, “suffused with color and light”. (Gerdts 254)

He was born in St. Louis, Missouri and developed an interest in art through his family’s lithography business. He attended night classes at the St. Louis School of Fine Art. In 1898, he was on an illustration assignment for “McClure’s” magazine, which took him for the first of many times into New Mexico and Arizona. He had heard of the special beauty of Taos and there met Bert Geer Phillips, who was already a resident, and Phillips invited him to return.

This visit began a tradition of spending the winter months in St. Louis and the summers in Taos. He remained active in both communities.

Sold At Lone Star Art Auction

Oscar Berninghaus – A Camp in the Aspen Forest
Oscar Berninghaus
(1874 – 1952)

A Camp in the Aspen Forest

, 1926
oil on board
20 x 16 inches
Sold for: $210,000
Oscar Berninghaus
(1874 – 1953)

Pueblo Canyon Forest

mixed media on paper
12 x 17 inches
Sold for: $19,200