Oscar Edmund Berninghaus (1874-1952)
Property From the Saint Louis Art Museum, Sold to Benefit the Acquisitions Fund
Oscar Edmund Berninghaus (1874-1952)

Transportation in Alaska (Winter Scene with Eskimo Sled)

Oscar Edmund Berninghaus (1874-1952)
Transportation in Alaska (Winter Scene with Eskimo Sled)
oil on canvas
21 x 45 in. (53.3 x 114.3 cm.)
Painted circa 1914.
The artist.
August A. Busch, Sr., St. Louis, Missouri, commissioned from the above.
August A. Busch, Jr., St. Louis, Missouri, 1976.
Gift to the present owner from the above.
St. Louis Art Museum, “1977 Acquisitions,” Bulletin, vol. 14, no. 3, September 1978, p. 99.
G.E. Sanders, Oscar E. Berninghaus, Taos, New Mexico: Master Painter of American Indians and the Frontier West, Taos, New Mexico, 1985, p. 134 (as Transportation in Alaska).
Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum; Palm Springs, California, Palm Springs Desert Museum, The Popular West: American Illustrators, 1900-1940, April 1-November 21, 1982, no. 43.

Lot Essay

This work will be included in the Kodner Gallery Research Project on the artist, Oscar Edmund Berninghaus, 1874-1952.

St. Louis, Missouri, native Oscar Berninghaus is perhaps best known for having been an active member of the Taos Society of Artists, a position that established him as one of the leading painters of the American West. His success in this area was, however, grounded in his earlier work as a commercial draftsman and illustrator. The talents that Berninghaus honed during this time, including a unique propensity towards accuracy, a sureness of brushstroke and line, and a focus on storytelling, fueled his great success throughout his career.

The present work is part of an extraordinary collection of Berninghaus’ work completed for the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company of St. Louis. The patronage of the Busch family provided pivotal financial support for Berninghaus as he fulfilled commissions for calendars and promotional prints. The artist also became a close friend and frequent guest of the Busch family at their estate, Grant’s Farm.

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