Though they were complex and exacting to produce—sometimes involving seven blocks to a single composition, months of work, many revisions, and innumerable proofs—Gustave Baumann’s woodcuts betray none of the efforts that went into their making. They are self-contained, self-possessed small worlds that speak to the heart of simplicity.
As a very young man, Baumann (1881–1971) supported his family by working for a commercial engraving house. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago at night, and eventually saved enough money to study in Munich at a time when some of the world’s finest, most innovative block printing was being done there.
Baumann would remain faithful to the graphically straightforward, emotionally direct tradition of the Munich engravers all his life. In rural Indiana, New York, New England, and the Southwest (where he lived for fifty years), he produced work that captured the spirit of his surroundings with respect and deep affection.
Contains five each of the following notecards:
My Garden, 1924
A Quiet Corner, 1936
Grandma Battin’s Garden, 1927
Summer Shadows, 1917
Twenty full-color 5 x 7 in. blank notecards (5 each of 4 designs) with envelopes in a decorative box
Printed on recycled paper
Published with the New Mexico Museum of Art