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Past History by Gustave Baumann

Past History by Gustave Baumann

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Color Woodcut


Edition Size: I 3-125

Image Size: 9-3/8 x 10-7/8 inches

Sheet Size: 13-5/8 x 17-1/2 inches

Reference: Chamberlain 168; Baumann 130


Condition: Excellent

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Color woodcut printed by the artist on J.W. Zanders pebble white wove; numbered “I 3-125” (3/125 from the first edition).

Notes Chamberlain on page 423 of In a Modern Rendering: The Color Woodcuts of Gusatve Baumann, ‘This location is the south-facing wall of Long House in Frijoles Canyon, now part of the Bandelier National Monument. The petroglyphs have hardly eroded but are best seen in raking light.’

Baumann was a great admirer of the mysterious and ancient petroglyphs he observed on his excursions throughout the New Mexico and Arizona. A quote pulled from his writings notes: “…Guided [to Frijoles Canyon] by Kenneth Chapman of the School of American Research, I found it to be one of the those practically ‘out of this world places’ which had induced Adolph Bandelier that roving archeologist to write a novel about it…what puzzles me is that no where does he mention the drawings in the caves which like all of us he must have clambered in and out of time and again.” (Chamberlain, p. 424)



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Gustave Baumann (1881 – 1971) was an important American printmaker particularly known for colour woodcuts.

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