Traveling from Illinois to New Mexico in the summer of 1918 left a lasting impression on Gustave Baumann (1881-1971). Captivated by its magnificent and exotic landscape he settled in the Southwest and drew on its natural beauty for his color woodblock prints. He became one of the most accomplished and popular artists working in Santa Fe during the early twentieth century.
Baumann’s personal technique of carving blocks and pulling his own prints, along with a strong artistic vision, set him apart from other printmakers. He mixed vibrant pigments by hand and meticulously carved his wooden blocks. Each color required a unique block and Baumann often used more than a dozen blocks for a single print. A devoted craftsman trained in the European tradition, he also enjoyed woodworking in other forms, including making unique frames and whimsical, marionette puppets. On occasion, Baumann also created oil paintings and this exhibition includes a large, rare painting of San Felipe Pueblo.
This extraordinary showcase of Gustave Baumann features more than forty of his remarkable woodblock prints of the American Southwest, including several based on his travels in Arizona.