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Baumann Color Print

"Mathis' Alley," woodcut
German-born artist Gustave Baumann lived in Chicago, and worked in artists’ colonies in Indiana and Massachusetts before settling in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He produced artwork for advertising and commercial illustration as well as fine art prints, and his color woodcuts represent technical and commercial achievement as well as lyrical beauty. He began to print from separate color blocks in 1909, following European methods using a press, unlike other American artists who were experimenting with the Japanese tradition of woodblock prints rubbed by hand. A meticulous craftsman, Baumann made his own inks and ordered special linen papers from Germany. He was considered an important innovator in color wood block printing.

Gustave Baumann (1881-1971)
John Sloan (1871-1951)
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