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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