Gustave Baumann was a German-American printmaker, known for leading a revival of woodblock printing. Rather than creating solid color or single block prints, Baumann labored over multi-color woodblock prints. Baumann did not rely purely on traditional methods but mixed European and Japanese processes to create his own unique style of printing.
Procession. 1930. Color Woodblock print
Spring Blossom. Color Woodblock print. New Mexico Museum
Baumann started printing as a student in Munich, but expanded his skills after moving to Chicago, where he was able to take classes at the Art Institute. Eventually, he was able to hone his skills while living in Indiana, where he became a member of the Brown County Art Colony. The wooded landscape served as inspiration for Baumann, whose prints often featured trees. In 1918, Baumann moved to New Mexico to join another artist’s colony in Taos. In New Mexico, Baumann’s work featured desert landscape, canyons and adobe pueblos.
San Geronimo-Taos. 1924. Color Woodblock Print.
Piñon Grand Canyon. Color Woodblock Print.
Baumann is well remembered for his contribution to American printmaking and the development of woodblock printmaking.
El Rito Canyon. Color Woodblock Print