Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Art Review - "Pueblo Woman of Taos"

Today's #MuseumTourTuesday's post features a painting by a Saint Louis born artist, Oscar Edmund Berninghaus, at the Albuquerque Museum.

Like a number of his contemporaries, Berninghaus began his career as an illustrator, before traveling to the Southwest and finding himself captivated by the landscape and culture. In 1915 he became a founding member of the Taos Society of Artists. He split his time between Taos and St. Louis, until making a permanent move to New Mexico in his early 50s.

This painting shows the influence of Berninghaus' illustration and lithography background. While the piece is filled with interesting paint textures and exciting brushwork, the design is far more important to the strength of the painting. Notice the solidity of the shapes throughout the piece. Even if all of the textural qualities of the paint were to be removed, the flat shapes would still clearly convey the composition.

"Pueblo Woman of Taos" • Oscar E. Berninghaus • 1925 • Oil on Canvas

Painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

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