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.

Object Information

artist
Gustave Baumann (American, 1881-1971)
creation date
1927
materials
color woodblock print
dimensions
9-1/2 x 11-1/4 in. (image)
13-1/2 x 17 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
Hand in Heart
accession number
1994.58
credit line
Gift of Stephen W. Fess and Elaine Ewing Fess
copyright
© Gustave Baumann
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors

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