For You: A Not Too Fuzzy New Year by Gustave Baumann

For You: A Not Too Fuzzy New Year by Gustave Baumann

For You: A Not Too Fuzzy New Year

Gustave Baumann

Title

For You: A Not Too Fuzzy New Year

 
Artist
Year
1969  
Technique
woodcut printed in turquoise green 
Image Size
5 1/4 x 3 15/16" image on cover 
Signature
unsigned 
Edition Size
unknown 
Annotations
FOR YOU/ A NOT TOO FUZZY NEW YEAR WITH A REAL SILVER LINING 
Reference
Chamberlain 385 
Paper
cream wove Ansbach 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
AB4173 
Price
$325.00 
Description

Gustave Baumann did this woodcut late in his long career, during which he produced yearly holiday cards from 1919 to 1970, the year he died. The card reads "For You / A / Not too / Fuzzy / New / Year / With / A / Real / Silver / Lining", a sentiment that holds such practical hope this New Year of 2021.

The U.S. was coming out of a tumultuous year (1968) which included the Tet Offensive in Viet Nam, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, and, on December 24, the Apollo 8 manned spacecraft to the moon, to name a few. Baumann's sentiments were felt by much of the country - hope for a silver lining in 1969, however Viet Nam remained an ugly reality.

This greeting card is listed and described in his catalogue raisonné by Gala Chamberlain: "In a Modern Rendering: The Color woodcuts of Gustave Baumann", entry number 385, page 566.

 

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