Church Ranchos de Taos by Gustave Baumann

Church Ranchos de Taos by Gustave Baumann

Church Ranchos de Taos

Gustave Baumann

Title

Church Ranchos de Taos

 
Artist
Year
1919  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
9 3/8 x 11 1/4" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
no. 70/100 
Annotations
title in cursive script in lower left 
Reference
GB33 
Paper
cream Zanders laid Bergisch Gladbach 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
ANTO102 
Price
$20,000.00 
Description

This is a rare impression from the first edition of Church Ranchos de Taos. There is a pale yellow border outside of the dark blue border and this yellow was used to highlight the roofs of the buildings at the left edge of the image as there is no negative space in the image. There is only one canale (downspout) and it is visible near the rear of the church. This impression has pink printed on top of the yellow ochre in the ground at the base of the church.

The second edition was also of 100 impressions but its coloration closely followed the tempera. Some of the blocks were recut and in these impressions negative space contours the crown on the left side of the church, highlights the foremost of the two canales, the roof of the building at the left edge, the umbrella, and the ground at the base of the church and near the figures. Two solid lines form the border.

The adobe church of San Francisco de Asis was begun in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico around 1772 and completed in 1816. Over the next 200 years it has been the subject of innumerable works of art; paintings, photographs, etchings, woodcuts etc. done by artists from throughout the world. Baumann chose the rear exterior for this composition. A procession of parishioners is shown at the lower left.