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Artist Biography

Berninghaus began his artistic career as a lithographer in 1889 and apprenticed as a printer while briefly studying at the St. Louis School of Fine Art. He made his first trip West as a guest of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad in 1899, commissioned to create a series of watercolor sketches for travel pamphlets. He returned to St. Louis in 1900 and continued to paint in both watercolor and oil, gaining more and more recognition.

Berninghaus exhibited extensively in distinguished venues including: Society of Western Artists, 1913; St. Louis Artist Guild, the National Academy of Design, the Corcoran Gallery, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. His paintings are found in prestigious private collections and major institutions including: the San Diego Fine Art Gallery, City Art Museum of St. Louis, and the Los Angeles Community Museum of Art.