Silver Sky by Gustave Baumann

Silver Sky by Gustave Baumann

Silver Sky

Gustave Baumann

Title

Silver Sky

 
Artist
Year
1935  
Technique
color woodcut, with aluminum leaf 
Image Size
12 1/2 x 13 1/2" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
14/120 I 
Annotations
titled in pencil, lower left 
Reference
Baumann 106 
Paper
cream Zanders laid paper with the Hand-in-Heart watermark 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
AB4209 
Price
$35,000.00 
Description

Baumann first used metal leaf in 1928 for his color woodcut "Singing Woods" for which he employed gold, aluminum, or metal leaf as a sky color. In 1930, he produced three color woodcuts using aluminum leaf as a "color," these being "Processional," "April," "Tulips." In all, he created thirteen color woodcuts for which he used leaf.

This impression of "Silver Sky" was printed in the fall of 1935. A note as to the exact location has not been discovered in the Baumann archive but he exquisitely captured the luminosity of a rainy day in the American Southwest.

To print the leaf Baumann would print a block with mastic rather than color. As the mastic (a varnish) dried he would hand apply the leaf.