Cherry Bloom by Gustave Baumann

Cherry Bloom by Gustave Baumann

Cherry Bloom

Gustave Baumann

Title

Cherry Bloom

 
Artist
Year
1917  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
9 5/8 x 11 1/4" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
no. 59/100 
Annotations
titled, lower left; Swanli chop after signature 
Reference
GB20 
Paper
cream Zanders laid with the Gladbach watermark 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
AB778 
Price
$9,000.00 
Description

The locale of this woodcut is Wyoming, New York. Baumann spent the summer of 1917 in Wyoming, New York and had plans to open his Swanli Press studio. He developed his "Swanli" chop for his color woodcuts. He abandoned the Swanli chop and other experimental chops in favor of his Hand and Heart chop, found on his later work.

This image is from later in the first printing campaign and has a solid dark border which he did not use as he became more skilled. Baumann no longer used small rectangular block that printed "No / of 100" in the lower center margin, opting instead to number with a pencil.

This impression provides insight into the development of the artist as a printmaker as he is constantly searching for ways to create the best print he can. Since he was both the carver and the printer he could change, even within the edition.