Tom ahunting
Tom ahunting

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Tom Ahunting

Baumann, Gustave (American, 1881-1971)


Baumann was as much a painter as he was a wood carver and his color woodblock prints reflect the local ambience of his surroundings. The palette for the five prints he made during his brief sojourn in Provincetown tend toward the blues and grays of the weather-beaten seacoast town rather than the lush hues of Brown County that he had just left.

Baumann moved progressively away from the use of blacks in his prints and that ink is totally absent here even in the seemingly black cat at the lower right who gives his name to Tom ahunting. The color is suggested by an overprinting of the dark green and purple blocks.

Elaine Ewing Fess and Stephen W. Fess, Zionsville, Indiana; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1999.

Object Information

artist
Baumann, Gustave (American, 1881-1971)
creation date
1917
materials
color woodblock print
dimensions
11 x 13-3/8 in. (image)
11-3/4 x 13-7/8 in. (sheet/sight)
mark descriptions
inscribed in pencil, below image, L.L.: Tom ahunting | signed in pencil, below image, L.R.: Gustave Baumann
accession number
1999.49
credit line
Gift of Stephen W. Fess and Elaine Ewing Fess
copyright
© Gustave Baumann
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors