Wash Barnes Cabin by Gustave Baumann

Wash Barnes Cabin by Gustave Baumann

Wash Barnes Cabin

Gustave Baumann

Title

Wash Barnes Cabin

 
Artist
Year
1912 / printed in 1914 
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
19 3/4 x 26 5/8" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
unnumbered; from an edition of 50 
Annotations
pencil titled in lower left 
Reference
PPIE 1915, cat. no.897; Chamberlain 32 
Paper
ivory wove Kyokushi paper 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
TEGE101 
Price
SOLD
Description

A large, early color woodcut depicting Nashville, Indiana's Washington Barnes Cabin, which belonged to beloved, and often colorful, couple Mary and Washington Barnes. Surrounded by lush foliage and ever-present fowl, it was a popular attraction for artists who often came by in warmer months to capture the bucolic property. In "Wash Barnes Cabin" Baumann took extra care to portray it as he first saw it, noting on page 171 of Chamberlain's In a Modern Rendering: the Color Woodcuts of Gustave Baumann,:

"Social amenities had to be observed with Mother Barnes, who didn't mind artists in fact she was flattered when they came to paint her cabin... The place was a confusion of pictures. There was...a garden that could hardly contain the flowers within the fence. A lean cow ambled by to somewhere. To give the place a semblance of order a long line of geese marched by, scattering the chickens that were pecking around while I with a little Brownie Camera under my arm casually snapped a picture of Mother Barnes, when Wash barnes himself appeared and I found myself invited for lunch with the family."

This Baumann has been custom framed in an oak mortise-and-tenon, Craftsman-style frame by Tim Holton Studio Framemakers of Berkeley, California.