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Sold to benefit the collection acquisition funds of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum.

According to Mary Carroll Nelson, author of The Legendary Artists of Taos, “Taos and its environment are strongly sunlit, and different artists have reflected this in varied ways. Some stressed the brightness of the light, but Berninghaus captured another quality of light that is also often seen in Taos, a softened brightness that gives a pastel tone to the landscape.

“Another Berninghaus touch is a flickering stroke of short length, one that is controlled and evenly distributed, that gives a particular texture to his surfaces. The way he drew and painted with his brush was pleasingly ‘right’ and accurate. He would look upon a scene and find it paintable, then bring his considerable talent to bear on recreating it.”

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