Feb 29, 2008

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

1934, printed c. 1945

Gustave Baumann

(American, born Germany, 1881–1971)

Color woodcut

Image: 32.3 x 32.5 cm (12 11/16 x 12 13/16 in.); Sheet: 43.2 x 36.3 cm (17 x 14 5/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1987.201

Catalogue raisonné: Chamberlain 145.2; Acton, Krause & Yurtseven 95

State: III/?



Baumann found his greatest inspiration in nature and was especially interested in the fleeting effects of weather and atmosphere. Created with five blocks to print six colors, Grand Canyon portrays the awesome scale, eerie supernatural light, and brilliant color of this remarkable place amid an evanescent rainstorm. An amazing achievement of the color woodcut, the effects of falling rain and shadows moving across the canyon at twilight energize the arid, rocky gorge.

See also
PR - Woodcut
Type of artwork: 
Color woodcut

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