The Autobiography of Gustave Baumann

Martin Krause (Editor)


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Gustave Baumann (1881-1971), one of this country’s greatest Arts and Crafts woodcut print makers, began his career as an artist in Chicago. In 1905 at age 24 he took up traditional woodcut printmaking, and in 1910 he moved to Brown County, Indiana to make “good pictures at low cost.” Baumann later lived in the Northeast, but eventually settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he created many woodcut prints of the American Southwest. Baumann wrote his autobiography as he was nearing 70 years of age. This amazing new book, edited by Martin Krause, Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, contains anecdotes of Baumann’s town and family life and observations about society and the role of artists, interspersed with over 80 color reproductions of Baumann’s prints and over 30 photographs of homes and family. This is probably the best book ever published about Baumann and his entire life’s work. [Note: Baumann’s woodblock print, “Cottonwood Tassels,” sold at Treadway Toomey Auctions on March 5, 2016, for $21,960!]

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Martin Krause (Editor)


Hardcover; 160pp