Song of the Sea by Gustave Baumann

Song of the Sea by Gustave Baumann

Song of the Sea

Gustave Baumann

Title

Song of the Sea

 
Artist
Year
1936  
Technique
color woodcut with aluminum leaf 
Image Size
12 3/4 x 12 7/8" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
I 8-125 
Annotations
titled, lower left 
Reference
Chamberlain 151; Baumann 114 
Paper
cream Zanders laid with the Hand & Heart watermark 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
AB703 
Price
$9,500.00 
Description
Baumann's trip up the California coast in 1934 yielded several depictions of the Central coastline. "Song of the Sea" features not only the twisted limbs of the famous Monterey cypress that Baumann--among many artists--was keen to draw, but two sea lions in cobalt blue, delicately perched on the jagged shoreline rocks. In a letter to his daughter Ann he wrote, "Dear Ann, this is the sea lion singverein--sometimes a big wave washes the sea lions off their rocks and then another puts them on again but they sing no matter where they are..." (Chamberlain, p. 399, In a Modern Rendering: The Color Woodcuts of Gustave Baumann"