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Apaches Visiting in Taos

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Apaches Visiting in Taos

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

Date: before 1934
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
35 × 40 inches (88.9 × 101.6 cm)
Frame: 39 × 44 × 1 5/8 inches (99.1 × 111.8 × 4.1 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Inscribed: 171 (reverse, top center of stretcher)
Signed: O. E. BERNINGHAUS/ TAOS, N.M. (lower right)
Credit Line: Partial Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965 and Partial Gift of Nelda C. Stark, 1973
Object number: 31.24.65
Accession Number: 1965.2.328
Label Text:The painting depicts the many visitors who came to Taos Pueblo for a feast day. It represents the Feast Day of San Geronimo observed in Taos on September 30. This and other celebrations of patron saints were brought to the pueblos by The Roman Catholic Church. The fiestas combine elements of the Catholic and Pueblo spiritual traditions. They also offer chances for visiting with family and friends and people from other Indian nations.
Provenance: Artist; by inheritance to his wife Winifred Berninghaus, Taos, New Mexico; purchased October 13, 1953 by H.J. Lutcher Stark [1887-1965]; ½ interest bequeathed September 2, 1965 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation [1]; remaining ½ interest gifted June 15, 1973 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation by Nelda C. Stark [1909-1999]; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art | 1. Owned jointly by H.J. Lutcher Stark and Nelda C. Stark until his death at which point his ½ interest was bequeathed to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.
Exhibitions:
  • Branding the American West: Paintings and Films 1900-1950
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