Oscar Edmund Berninghaus (1874-1952)
Bullfight Arena
signed 'O.E. Berninghaus' (lower left)
watercolor, gouache and ink on paperboard
21 x 45 in. (53.3 x 114.3 cm.)
Executed circa 1932.
The artist.
August A. Busch, Sr., St. Louis, Missouri, commissioned from the above.
August A. Busch, Jr., St. Louis, Missouri, son of the above.
Gift to the present owner from the above, 1976.
G.E. Sanders, Oscar E. Berninghaus, Taos, New Mexico: Master Painter of American Indians and the Frontier West, Taos, New Mexico, 1985, p. 127, no. 23014.
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This work will be included in the Kodner Gallery Research Project on the artist, Oscar Edmund Berninghaus, 1874-1952.

The present work, as well as Lot 34, are 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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