tree trunks growing in mossy ground; sapling w/leafy branches at center; burnt orange sky between and behind tree trunks

%C2%A9 Estate Gustave Baumann

Redwood, 1928

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The Richard Lewis Hillstrom Fundexpand_more  2007.120

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Redwood grew out of a car trip Gustave Baumann took to California while living in New Mexico. Rather than focusing on the postcard-worthy girth that redwoods are famous for, he presented the hopeful image of a sapling, looking a bit like a toddler standing amid the legs of grownups. Baumann was a German émigré who moved to Chicago as a child. Very quickly his father abandoned the family. By 1904 Baumann had saved enough money to study printmaking at the Royal School of Arts and Crafts in Munich. There he adopted the German tradition of printing with a manual press and using oil-based inks. He also explored German folk art, which may have influenced the repeating forms and simple hatch marks of the decorative foliage here.

Details
Title
Redwood
Artist Life
American (born Germany), 1881–1971
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2007.120
Provenance
(Catherine E. Burns Fine Prints and Drawings, Oakland, Calif.); sold to MIA, 2007.
Catalogue Raisonne
GB 108
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tree trunks growing in mossy ground; sapling w/leafy branches at center; burnt orange sky between and behind tree trunks

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