Oscar Berninghaus was a St. Louis native and former lithographer who first came to New Mexico in 1899 on his way to the Colorado mines. He soon decided to make Taos his summer home, and he became a member of the Taos Society of Artists.
To the more established members of this group, prints were a way to explore some subjects less formally and to supplement the often uncertain income from painting. His print, “Street Scene–Taos,” is a typical period image of the fabled northern New Mexican village, desolate, dusty and placid, the streets and buildings quickly yielding to the grandeur of the plain and sky beyond.
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