Gustave Baumann, German Craftsman - American Artist
Woodblock printmaking...keeps me in tune with a world where work is still of the essence and where the easiest way is not always the most desirable." - Gustave Baumann
Gustave Baumann (1881–1971) was the most devoted American color woodblock printmaker of the 20th century. By combining the craftsmanship of a woodcarver and the sensitivity of a painter, he created an unparalleled body of color woodblock prints over the course of his 65-year career.
Aside from printmaking and painting, Baumann also made furniture, fabricated toys and marionettes, designed interiors, illustrated books, and sculpted. To each of these endeavors, as attested by his personal mark, this uncommonly industrious and original artist gave both his hand and his heart.
This exhibition features prints, sketches, watercolors, marionettes, toys and gourd sculptures that Baumann created during the course of his long career. Interpretive tools, including videos and photos of the artist, interactive iPads, a touch table, and more help visitors to learn about the artist's life, his influences and artistic processes.
Support for this exhibition is provided by Bob and Toni Bader, Dr. Stephen W. Fess and Elaine Ewing Fess, and Frank N. and Patricia L. Owings.