Gustave Baumann Retrospective - Color woodcuts, Oils, Sculptures & Ephemera - Introduction


The Color Woodcuts of Gustave Baumann: September 21 - December 31, 2019

The Annex Galleries will be opening a retrospective exhibition of works available by Gustave Baumann (1881-1971). This is being held to in conjunction with the release of the 648 page catalogue raisonné of Baumann's color wooduts, authored by Gala Chamberlain with essays by Nancy E. Green and Thomas Leech, with a foreword by Martin Krause. The raisonné was published, after nearly 35 years of research by Chamberlain, by Rizzoli/Electra, ISBN-13-9780847864720.

The retrospective exhibition will run from September 21st to December 31, 2019. Included in the show will be many of his editioned color woodcuts, oil paintings, sculpture and ephemera. We will also have a selection of progressive proofs and blocks to illustrate his techniques.

Rizzoli's promotion blurb reads: "Endowed with a deft hand and an eye for luminous color, Baumann (1881-1971) transformed American woodblock printing over his seventy-year career. This complete record of the artist s printed works, three decades in the making, includes early etchings and linocuts, 182 editioned color woodcuts, and hundreds of printed ephemera. More than 1,000 precise reproductions, many published for the first time, are illuminated by essays tracing Baumann's biography, techniques, and artistic practices. An expressive carver, Baumann handled the entire printing process himself, making him a key figure in the American Arts and Crafts movement. German-born, Baumann settled in Santa Fe and became a central figure in the artistic community. His brilliantly colored landscapes of the Southwest and California coastline, celebrated in his day, are highly sought after by collectors today. This monumental publication allows for an unprecedented appreciation of one of the finest color-woodblock artists of the twentieth century."