Palo Verde and Ocotea

Gustave Baumann (American, 1881-1971)

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Baumann had regularized his method of preparing to make a color woodblock print by March 1927 when he sketched the Palo Verde and Ocotillo plants in bloom in the Sonoran desert in Arizona. Painted in tempera with "a brush stroke as sharp and direct as the gouge will cut," Baumann said, the sketch was placed atop the wood block and traced through with a pencil or stylus as his guide to cutting.

In the process of making the print, Baumann decided that the Saguaro cactus in the left foreground was unnecessary and excluded it from the print.

Stephen and Elaine Ewing Fess, Zionsville, Indiana; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1994.

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Gustave Baumann (American, 1881-1971)
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tempera over graphite on brown paper
11-5/16 x 14-9/16 in.
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inscribed in pencil, L.L.: PALO VERDE SAHUARO OCOTEA #89
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Gift of Stephen W. Fess and Elaine Ewing Fess
© Gustave Baumann
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