Idle Fleet

Creation date
color woodblock print
Mark Descriptions
Hand in Heart | inscribed in pencil, below image, L.L.: IDLE FLEET; inscribed in pencil, below image, L.R.: 27 - 120; signed and dated in pencil, below image, L.R.: Gustave Baumann 1918
9-1/2 x 11 in. (image) 13 x 17-1/8 in. (sheet)
Credit line
Gift of Stephen W. Fess and Elaine Ewing Fess
Accession number
Not Currently On View

Baumann’s Provincetown works of 1917 resemble the white-line woodcuts for which Provincetown was becoming famous without actually following the new method. Baumann adhered to the tradition of creating a separate block for each color in the print rather than short cutting the process to a single block. The resemblance comes from Baumann’s avoidance of a black outline block notable in Idle Fleet.

Elaine Ewing Fess and Stephen W. Fess, Indianapolis; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1998.
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