My Garden by Gustave Baumann

My Garden by Gustave Baumann

My Garden

Gustave Baumann

Title

My Garden

 
Artist
Year
1924  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
6 x 7 3/4" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
NO 24 OF 100 
Annotations
titled in pencil, lower left 
Reference
Chamberlain 89, Baumann 45 
Paper
cream laid Zanders Bergisch Gladbach 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
AB4207 
Price
$16,000.00 
Description

Gustave Baumann loved flowers but had little time to tend his gardens despite Voltaire's exemplar, 'Il faut cultiver notre jardin', (We Must Cultivate our Garden) which hung above his press in Brown County, Indiana. Notes Chamberlain on p. 282 of In a Modern Rendering: The Color Woodcuts of Gustave Baumann, 'Ann Baumann often recounted the story about her father hosting his garden club. The club met at regular intervals in the members' gardens. With the approach of Baumann's turn as host, he discovered that his garden had not a flower in bloom because he had been tending his studio, not his plot. He went to work in a flurry of activity, and the members arrived at the appointed hour to find his garden filled with a profusion of colorful blooming flowers and the sun glinting off every plastic bloom and leaf.' (p. 282)

When it was tended, however, a garden of hollyhocks and marigolds was contained within a picket fence at his Canyon Road studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as seen in this color woodcut. Baumann loved flowers and created numerous sketches and tempera studies of flower heads and formal bouquets. The titles of his color woodcuts which have floral imagery include 'My Garden,' 'Tulips,' 'Marigolds,' 'Sunny Messengers,' and 'Zinnias'.