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Corpus Christi Procession

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Corpus Christi Procession

Artist: Oscar Edmund Berninghaus (American, 1874 - 1952)

Date: prior to 1932
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
25 × 30 inches (63.5 × 76.2 cm)
Frame: 30 1/4 × 35 1/2 × 3 1/2 inches (76.8 × 90.2 × 8.9 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Inscribed: 13. (reverse of stretcher)
Signed: O. E. Berninghaus (lower left)
Credit Line: Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965
Object number: 31.24.26
Accession Number: 1965.2.289
Label Text:Berninghaus portrays the Roman Catholic rite of Corpus Christi. The procession displays the Blessed Sacrament representing the body and blood of Christ. The scene portrays the cultural mix of New Mexico. Some worshippers are Hispanic descendants. Others wear clothing indicating Anglo background. They gather at the church in the village of Las Trampas, New Mexico. The painting conveys the importance of ritual and spirituality. It departs from accepted views of the West as warring country.
Provenance: Artist; by inheritance to his wife Winifred Berninghaus, Taos, New Mexico; purchased October 11, 1957 by H.J. Lutcher Stark [1887-1965]; bequeathed September 2, 1965 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art
Exhibitions:
  • Branding the American West: Paintings and Films 1900-1950
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