Gustave Baumann

(1881 - 1971)


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Gustave Baumann was one of the leading figures of the color woodcut revival in America.

Gustave Baumann b. 1881 Germany d. 1971 Santa Fe, New Mexico Best known for prints made from detailed hand-carved wood blocks.

He grew up in Chicago and trained at the Art Institute there, later spending time in association with other artists in Brown County Indiana. In 1918 he began a fifty year art career in Santa Fe, creating his wood blocks; also carving saints and marionettes and numerous brightly colored paintings.

During the 1930s, he was the WPA coordinator for Santa Fe. He wrote and illustrated Frijoles Canyon Pictographs, which contained his woodcut images of the sacred Indian pictographs of northern New Mexico. This was selected as one of the 50 best books of the year 1940. He also traveled to Arizona, California, Colorado and Texas. paraphrased from AskArt