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William A. Karges Fine Art Presents:

Gustave Baumann (1881 - 1971)

William A. Karges Fine Art has over twenty-five years experience with the purchasing and sales of limited edition woodcut prints by Gustave Baumann.  Since 1987, our fine art galleries in Carmel and Santa Monica have been internationally known as one of the premier galleries specializing in color woodcuts by this historically important American Printmaker.  Our knowledgeable staff is highly qualified to answer any questions you may have about these vibrantly colored, unique, collectable relief prints.
Our galleries seek to maintain a large and varied inventory of woodcut prints by this artist, and examples of currently available works can be seen below. For additional information and pricing, contact our Carmel gallery now by telephone at (800) 833-9185, our Santa Monica gallery at (800) 884-4022, or by e-mail to

We are also actively seeking to acquire his limited edition woodblock prints. Contact us now by telephone at (800) 833-9185, by e-mail at, or click here for a prompt free opinion of the value of your art by our experienced staff.

Gustave Baumann - Biography

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.

Gustave Baumann - Aspen Thicke
"Aspen Thick"

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 after visiting his friends there, Walter Ufer and Victor Higgins, and quickly emerged 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 - Processional

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 few.

Gustave Baumann - Cholla and Sahuaro
"Cholla 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.

Gustave Baumann - Aspen Red River
"Aspen Red River"