Night Ceremony by Gustave Baumann

Night Ceremony by Gustave Baumann

Night Ceremony

Gustave Baumann

Title

Night Ceremony

 
Artist
Year
1948  
Technique
color woodcut with aluminum leaf 
Image Size
8 x 8" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
I 13/125 -48 
Annotations
titled, ll 
Reference
GB119 
Paper
cream laid with hand & heart watermark 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
AB412 
Price
SOLD
Description

A fine example of one Baumann's few purely abstract color woodcuts from the 1940s. He keeps the color simple and uses aluminum leaf to create the gray and help the composition shimmer on the surface of the paper. Baumann printed a block and printed it using a mastic rather than a color. When it got tacky he hand applied aluminum leaf to the mastic, brushing away the leaf in the areas it was not wanted.

The numbering on this impression indicates it was from the first printing campaign (I), number 13 from a proposed edition of 125, done in 1948 (48).

Once Baumann settled in the southwest in 1918, he seems to have immediately begun collecting Indian kachina dolls and pottery, including potsherds. He respected the customs and ceremonies of the various pueblos and his attendance at the their dances was often noted in The New Mexican. In this seemingly abstract image, Baumann plays with potsherd shapes to create dancing kachinas.