Tucson Museum of Art Receives Oscar Berninghaus Painting as Gift

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Oscar E. Berninghaus, Haying Time in Taos (Alfalfa Time/Mountains in Taos),ca. 1917-1930, oil on board. - Gift of Linda D. Taplick and James W. Miller. - COURTESY OF TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART
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  • Oscar E. Berninghaus, Haying Time in Taos (Alfalfa Time/Mountains in Taos),ca. 1917-1930, oil on board. Gift of Linda D. Taplick and James W. Miller.

The Tucson Museum of Art is adding another piece of Southwestern art history to their collection in the way of a gift from two out-of-state donors.

The oil painting "Haying Time in Taos" is from artist Oscar E. Berninghaus, who is most known for his work as one of the "Taos Six." Berninghaus founded the Taos Society of Artists in 1915 and became one of the most prominent and defining voices in Southwestern painting, establishing Taos as an internationally-recognized art colony, along with those he worked with. 

The painting, which measures 24 5/16 x 29 7/8 in., made its way to Tucson after Linda D. Taplick and James W. Miller of Madison, Wis. gifted the work to the museum. Christine Brindza, Glasser Curator of Art of the American West, said in a release from the museum that this painting is exemplary of his work, which is known for its ability to showcase the region's landscapes and his penchant for capturing the simplicity and beauty of everyday life. 

“'Alfalfa Time/ Mountains in Taos' captures an everyday, peaceful moment,” Brindza said. “Berninghaus conveys the fresh alfalfa harvest piled high on a horse-drawn wagon, using the purple-hued Sangre de Cristo Mountains as an expansive backdrop.”

Berninghaus' "Haying Time in Taos" will be on view in the museum's John K. Goodman Pavilion of Western Art some time next year, though the official date is yet to be announced. For more information on this and other works on view, visit the museum's website.

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