Frijoles Canyon Pictographs (a.k.a. Cliff Dwellers Ceremonial) by Gustave Baumann

Frijoles Canyon Pictographs (a.k.a. Cliff Dwellers Ceremonial) by Gustave Baumann

Frijoles Canyon Pictographs (a.k.a. Cliff Dwellers Ceremonial)

Gustave Baumann

Title

Frijoles Canyon Pictographs (a.k.a. Cliff Dwellers Ceremonial)

 
Artist
Year
1951 /1966 
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
10 11/16 x 20 3/4" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
II 40-125 1966 
Annotations
titled, lower right & dated after edition number 
Reference
Chamberlain 183 
Paper
cream Ansbach wove 
State
published 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
AB4006 
Price
$3,500.00 
Description

Baumann found great inspiration exploring the Bandelier National Park and several depictions of the ancient petroglyphs found on its cave walls were produced, as well as an exterior image of the stretch of canyon wall known as "Long House" (see "Past History", Chamberlain, cat. 168).

"In the effort to be useful in the field of Art and perhaps find the answer to 'What is it?' the cave dwellings in Frijoles Canyon New Mexico had at least a partial answer. What with the rain in the canyon it was advisable to take refuge in one of a long row of caves and wait for the rain to subside. Judging from scratches on the soot-blackened walls, animals had been in there to get out of the weather just as I had. With nothing else to do those scratches intrigued me since some of them appeared to be man made. Indicating that somebody sat there at sometime, taken a sliver of bone and recorded something that had meaning. It was a fine example of the untutored mind at work and I found myself crawling in and out of a long row of caves to find similar scratches in most of them." - Baumann, p. 443, In a Modern Rendering: The Color Woodcuts of Gustave Baumann