Singverein by Gustave Baumann

Singverein by Gustave Baumann

Singverein

Gustave Baumann

Title

Singverein

 
Artist
Year
1909  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
7 3/4 x 11 1/16" image 
Signature
unsigned 
Edition Size
unnumbered 
Annotations
none 
Reference
Chamberlain 12 
Paper
heavy sheet of laid Japan 
State
trial proof 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
AB3056 
Price
$2,000.00 
Description
"Singverein" loosely translates to "Singing club". 'Writing in the Indianapolis News in 1911, Francis Johnson observed that Baumann captured the spirit of a German Saengerfest (singing competition) with this color woodcut. Photographs in the Baumann archive show him enjoying such events in Germany in 1905. ..In this scene, the chorale master plays the piano while conducting a group of men sitting in a semicircle and singing the words from their song sheets. At the top of the image, putti [cherubs] hold up a banner on which is written the name of a song, "Gaudeamus Igitur." It is European and considered to be the oldest students' drinking song. It appears that the artist could not resist including himself in this scene - he is the singer with the glasses in the lower left.' - Chamberlain, p. 139,  
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