Gustave Baumann -
Gustave Baumann was born in Magdeburg, Germany, in 1881. Ten years
later, along with his family, Baumann relocated to the United States,
eventually settling in Chicago. Displaying a natural aptitude for
the arts, he worked as a commercial engraver while putting himself
through night school at the Art Institute of Chicago - before returning
to Germany in 1904 to study wood block printing at the
Kunstgewerbeschule ("School of Arts and Crafts") in Munich.
Upon his return to the United
States, Baumann received international acclaim when one of his color
woodcuts won the gold medal at the Pan-Pacific International Exhibition
(1915) in San Francisco. Three years later, in 1918, Baumann
settled in Santa Fe, quickly emerging as a leading artistic figure of
the American Southwest. He is generally credited with the revival
of color wood block printing in the 20th century, and was hand-picked as
Area Coordinator for the Works Progress Administration's Public Works of
Art Project in the 1930's.
Gustave Baumann's work is
collected and exhibited across the United States and around the world.
His work is held in several important public and private collections,
and has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Washington
D.C.'s National Gallery, and the New Mexico Museum of Art - to name a
"Cholla and Sahuaro"
Gustave Baumann died in Santa Fe
in 1971 at the age of ninety. He was survived by his wife, Jane
Devereaux Henderson, and their daughter, Ann.
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