Cherry Bloom by Gustave Baumann

Cherry Bloom by Gustave Baumann

Cherry Bloom

Gustave Baumann

Title

Cherry Bloom

 
Artist
Year
1917  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
9 5/8 x 11 1/4" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
"no. 32 of 100" within a printed block in the lower margin. 
Annotations
titled, lower left; Swanli chop between first and last name; rectangular block printed "No / of 100" in lower center margin and Baumann filled in the impression number within the rectangle. 
Reference
Gustave Baumann 20 
Paper
cream Zanders laid with the Gladbach watermark. 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
20952 
Price
$8,500.00 
Description

The locale of this woodcut is Wyoming, New York. Baumann spent the summer of 1917 in Wyoming, New York and had plans to open his Swanli Press studio. He developed his "Swanli" chop for his color woodcuts. He abandoned the Swanli chop and other experimental chops in favor of his 'Hand and Heart' chop, found on his later work.

This image is from the first printing campaign and has a solid dark border which he did not use as he became more skilled. Baumann had cut a small rectangular block that printed "No / of 100" in the lower center margin. Baumann filled in the impression number within the rectangle in pencil. He soon gave this up in favor of just pencil numbering the impression.

This impression provides insight into the development of the artist as a printmaker as he is constantly searching for ways to create the best print he can. Since he was both the carver and the printer he could change, even within the edition.