Gustave Baumann

1881-1971, Santa Fe, NM

"Pine and Aspen," 1920

Color woodcut on cream laid paper, watermark the artist's hand-in-heart, under glass
Signed: Gustave Baumann, together with the artist's hand-in-heart orange ink stamp, and titled and inscribed "III 90-125, 1946," all in pencil in the lower margin
Image: 12.875" H x 12.75" W; Sheet: 17" H x 14.25" W

  • Provenance: Property from a Private Southern California Estate
  • Literature: Acton 88
  • Notes: Gustave Baumann immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1891 when he was ten years old. Shortly after their arrival in America, his family moved to Chicago to start a new life. Five years later, Baumann became an apprentice at a commercial engraving and printing company which ended up being the impetus for his career as a fine artist. Baumann began taking night classes at the Art Institute of Chicago before establishing his own engraving business in 1901.

    Baumann began producing the type of woodcuts for which he is now well-known for around 1910. Several his prints were featured in the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, where he won a gold medal for Prints and an honorable mention for Color Woodcuts. Later, his works circulated around the country because of traveling exhibitions held by organizations such as the American Federation of the Arts and the National Association of Women's Clubs. Baumann continued to produce prints throughout his lifetime, before dying in Santa Fe in 1971 at age ninety.
  • Condition: Generally good condition. The colors fresh and the sheet retaining wide margins. The palest light staining. A very soft handling crease in the left margin, not affecting the image. Brown paper tape along the upper margin edge. A very small foxmark, lower left, showing through slightly from the verso. Pale, old, backboard staining, verso, except in the lower margin corners. Occasional foxmarks and traces of old brown paper tape or its residue, verso. A 0.875" band of very slight surface skinning along the verso of the upper margin edge. The sheet is loose, secured in its mat with archival display corners.

    Frame: 25" H x 22.75" W x 1.25" D

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