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Gustave Baumann: Views of Brown County


Gustave Baumann’s woodblock prints of Brown County, Indiana, capture the essence of a simpler time and place: whitewashed homesteads with split-rail fences, men and women going about their chores, children and chickens in the yards—all amid the full colors of the four seasons in the wooded hills around the town of Nashville. One of the early artists to discover Brown County, Baumann (1881–1971) arrived in 1910 and resided in Nashville for six years before permanently settling in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1918. Decades later, he dreamed of telling the story of the origins of the Brown County artists colony, which had continued to grow and was by then a well-known center for art and tourism. Baumann lamented the absence of written records from the storytellers of those formative days, so he set about writing his own account. To that end, he jotted down his impressions of the landscape, memories of his fellow artists, and anecdotes about the rather colorful townsfolk. Baumann’s drafts, which he titled “Of a County Called Brown,” were given shape for this book by editor Martin Krause, who gathered the notes, reminiscences, and other writings into the narrative whole presented here. The history of the artists colony is revealed in Baumann’s own voice, “as if it just happened, sort of casual like.”
Hardcover Smyth-sewn book, with jacket
144 pages with more than 50 prints and 26 historical photographs
Includes Chronology and Index

Edited by Martin Krause

• High-quality, premium stock matte art paper
• Exceptional color reproduction
• Printed with soy-based inks
• Sewn binding ensures long-lasting enjoyment

Size: 8.75 x 10 in.

ISBN 9780764982088

Gustave Baumann

Gustave Baumann (American, 1881–1971) drew on the invigorating influences of European and American artists, along with watercolor painters and Native American potters, to produce complex color woodblock prints that reveal a country both delicate and rugged, personal and mythic. Brought from Germany to Chicago as a boy, Baumann supported his family financially while still a teenager, when he worked at an engraver’s and discovered an affinity for printmaking. He took night classes in art and saved enough money to study block printing in Munich. Back in the United States, his travels brought him to New Mexico, where he perfected his signature style and for more than 50 years captured the crystalline light and rich colors of the Southwest with affection and subtlety.