Summer Rain by Gustave Baumann

Summer Rain by Gustave Baumann

Summer Rain

Gustave Baumann

Title

Summer Rain

 
Artist
Year
1926 /printed 1956 
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
9 3/8 x 11 1/8" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
R-C 42-50 
Annotations
titled, lower left; dated -56 after signature 
Reference
Chamberlain 112.4; Baumann 77 
Paper
cream Zanders laid with Hand-in-Heart watermark 
State
published 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
AB3073 
Price
$20,000.00 
Description

For this edition, number IV, Baumann recut the blocks as noted by the "R-C" penciled within the dotted border in the lower right, before the numbering. He also chose a more transclucent ink for the sky, allowing the paper's color and texture to come through and creating a rich teal hue.

Originally printed in 1926, Baumann revisited "Summer Rain" three decades later. This impression is used to illustrate the fourth and final edition on page 324 of In a Modern Rendering: The Color Woodcuts of Gustave Baumann. Baumann often revisited his older works, perhaps finding a new way to portray his appreciation for what he had become familiar with. In the notes on "Summer Rain" Chamberlain pulls a quote from Baumann: "Seeing things with a fresh eye is a great advantage. While most of us have an itch to be where we are not, some of us that chose to investigate Santa Fe found it a pleasantly colorful place worthy of a second look."