Bright Angel Trail by Gustave Baumann

Bright Angel Trail by Gustave Baumann

Bright Angel Trail

Gustave Baumann

Title

Bright Angel Trail

 
Artist
Year
1922  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
9 5/8 x 11 1/4" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
II 26/125 
Annotations
titled, lower left 
Reference
Chamberlain 82; GB39. This impression is illustrated on page 269 of In A Modern Rendering The Color Woodcuts of Gustave Baumann. 
Paper
cream Zanders laid with the Hand-in-Heart watermark 
State
published 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
AB3028 
Price
$24,000.00 
Description

Using his home in Santa Fe as a base, Baumann took excursions throughout the west, where he recorded his impressions in woodcut. Baumann, like everyone who has ever viewed it, was enchanted by Arizona's Grand Canyon, and he made five color woodcuts featuring the canyon, in this instance Bright Angel Trail, a 9.9-mile trip that starts at 6860 feet and ends at 2480 feet, a climb of 4300 feet. It is the same going back up.

This impression is from the second edition of a projected 125 impressions. Earlier impressions in the first edition are feature a darker, earthier palette, and include the horseback riders in the lower-left corner and Baumann's dog in the lower right on the large rock outcropping. By the second edition, these have been omitted, and a cooler, brighter palette distinguishes the impressions.

"Bright Angel Trail is the most famous trail in the Grand Canyon, a destination for many of Baumann's pilgrimages. In his first edition of this color woodcut, Baumann's dog looks out over the canyon, and horseback riders descend what was once known as the Old Indian Trail toward the Colorado River, which has carved the canyon for centuries. The trail riders would have been visible to Baumann as he sat tucked into his favorite hiding place under the South Rim." - Chamberlain, pp. 269, 2.