Born in Germany but raised in the United States, Gustave Baumann (1881–1971) supported his family as a teenager by working at a commercial engraving house. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago at night and was able to save enough money to study in Munich, a hub for innovative block printing. Although Baumann returned to the United States and eventually settled in New Mexico, he remained faithful to the straightforward, emotionally direct tradition of the Munich engravers all his life.
Gustave Baumann’s colorful woodcut prints of the Southwest have delighted viewers for more than a century. A noted member of the artist colony in Brown County, Indiana, Gustave Baumann (American, b. Germany, 1881–1971) started a new life in 1918 at the center of the Santa Fe art scene. Once there, his artwork changed radically as he immersed himself in the dramatic landscapes, multicultural community and Native American rituals of northern New Mexico. Baumann devised innovative printing techniques that lent his prints a luminous quality to match the glowing imagery, broad skies and relentless sun of the region. His prints of the Southwest, often dominated by blue and yellow hues, convey a profound sense of place.
This calendar presents twelve of Baumann’s meticulously crafted woodcuts--self-contained, self-possessed small worlds that speak to the heart of simplicity.
||12" x 13". Opens to 12" x 26".