Mountain Gold

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Gustave Baumann (1881-1971), Mountain Gold, woodcut in colors, 1946, signed in pencil and inscribed with the artist’s chopmark; dated, titled and inscribed 117-125 on wove paper. In very good condition, with wide or full margins (tape across top), 9 5/8 x 11 1/4 inches, the sheet 13 5/8 by 17 inches.

A fine fresh impression, with the colors glowing (as they should).

Baumann, a consummate craftsman, developed his woodcuts through the use of successive layering of color blocks. He mastered the technique  of relief printmaking after years of training as an engraver in Chicago (and study at the Chicago Art Institute); and then later study in Germany.  On his return he worked in Brown County Indiana, and later in Wyoming, New York, and Provincetown.  But in  1918 he visited Taos, New Mexico, and was later offered a studio in Sante Fe, where he stayed for the remainder of his career.