Fiesta Day in Taos Pueblo

 
Artist
Creation date
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
25 1/8 x 38 1/8 in. 30 1/2 x 36 in. (framed)
Credit line
Gift of the Harrison Eiteljorg Gallery of Western Art
Accession number
77.318
Collection
Not Currently On View
Deaccessioned on
December 18th, 2008
Recipient
Christie's
Transfer notes
Sold on 5/20/2010 in the Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture sale (Lot 78) - unsold; Offered on 5/20/2009 (Lot 30) - unsold
Reason
Secondary example 
Valuation
Auction Sale Price - $64500

This scene represents people gathering on San Geronimo Day, when the annual Taos fiesta is held.  It is filled with the details of a bustling event punctuated by the mountains in the background.

Berninghaus was a member of the Taos Society of Artists and is known for his insightful portrayals of the Pueblo Indians.

The artist's widow own the piece in 1963; it was owned by Gerald Peters of Santa Fe, New Mexico 1973 (?); Harrison Eiteljorg purchased the painting and donated it to the IMA in 1977
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