The Prints of Gustave Baumann opens May 18, 2012


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April 18, 2012

 (Please note new opening date!)




WINTER PARK, FLThe Prints of Gustave Baumann, an exhibition organized by the New Mexico Museum of Art, will be on view at Rollins College in the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, opening May 18, 2012 and showing through December 30, 2012.  The exhibition centers around Baumann's printmaking process and includes a sequence of prints and opaque watercolor studies that illustrate Baumann's mastery of the method; a sequence of the blocks the artist carved and used to produce the print Spring Blossoms;  and a selection of the artist's finest color woodcut prints.  Images of New Mexico and a series of seldom seen color woodcut prints depicting the rugged coast and mammoth trees of Northern California round out the exhibition.

Gustave Baumann (1881-1971) was a leading figure in the color woodcut revival in America.  Born in Germany, his family immigrated to the United States in 1891 where they established a home in Chicago.  At age sixteen, shortly after his father left the family, Baumann became an apprentice at a commercial print studio and began taking evening classes in drawing and design at the Art Institute of Chicago.  By 1903 the artist had established his own commercial art studio, and in 1905 he returned to Germany to study for a year at the Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Arts and Crafts) in Munich.

In Germany Baumann studied wood carving and the graphic arts, in particular the art of relief printmaking.  After completing his studies, Baumann returned to work in Chicago and then to Brown County, Indian, where he perfected his woodcut technique.  He is celebrated internationally as a master of the woodcut print.  It is Baumann's timeless images depicting Southwestern landscapes and regional traditions of New Mexico that are his best known.
All of the objects in this exhibition are drawn from The New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The museum houses the largest catalogued collection of Gustave Baumann's work–over 1700 individually catalogued items.  The collection includes a comprehensive set of the artist's prints, printing blocks, watercolor studies, paintings, and drawings as well as the artist's beloved hand-carved marionettes and marionette theater.  The New Mexico Museum of Art has a long standing connection with Gustave Baumann and his legacy.

Having spent the summer of 1918 in Taos, NM, at the suggestion of artist Walter Ufer, Baumann was returning home to Chicago when he stopped in Santa Fe to see an exhibit of prints that he had organized at the newly opened Art Gallery of the Museum of New Mexico (now the New Mexico Museum of Art).  Enchanted with New Mexico, and Santa Fe in particular, Bauman began planning a way to earn the money to finance a relocation to New Mexico.  Then the museum's curator, Paul Walter, secured Baumann a small loan and studio space in the basement of the art museum.  Baumann readily accepted and in just a short time became one of New Mexico's most beloved and respected artists, a standing not dimmed since his death in August 1971.


Located on the campus of Rollins College near downtown Winter Park, the Cornell's gallery hours are:  Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 for adults.  Free to CFAM members, Rollins College faculty, staff, and all students with current ID, and children.  For additional information, please call 407.646.2526 or visit

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