Autumnal Glory

Autumnal Glory

1920, printed 1953

Gustave Baumann

(American, born Germany, 1881-1971)

Color woodcut

Support: White Sanders wove paper

Image: 33.3 x 32.9 cm (13 1/8 x 12 15/16 in.); Sheet: 46 x 36.3 cm (18 1/8 x 14 5/16 in.)

Gift of Ann Baumann 2005.407

Catalogue raisonné: Chamberlain 75



Autumnal Glory suggests the importance the uplands play as open spaces for grazing sheep and goats, nestled in the foreground, while flaunting the stunning autumn foliage of the Upper Pecos River Valley. To reproduce the effects of the Southwest’s clear, crystalline sunlight, Baumann mixed pure, brilliant hues, overprinting them in layers, and juxtaposed complimentary colors. Strong, flat colors and a bold design capture the intense light and arid atmosphere, simulating the ambiance of this enchanting, unique region. “The palette and theories regarding color east of the Mississippi should all be tossed in the river as you cross the bridge,” Baumann explained.

See also
PR - Woodcut
Type of artwork: 
Color woodcut
Credit line: 
Gift of Ann Baumann

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