1954, printed 1957
(American, born Germany, 1881–1971)
Color woodcut with aluminum leaf
Support: CPM Fabriano laid paper
Image: 32.5 x 41.6 cm (12 13/16 x 16 3/8 in.); Sheet: 37.5 x 46.5 cm (14 3/4 x 18 5/16 in.)
Gift of Ann Baumann 2005.451
© Ann Baumann Trust
Catalogue raisonné: Chamberlain 188
Baumann produced an oil painting of sheep for an insomniac friend and then executed a color woodcut also illustrating the proverb that counting sheep helps in falling asleep. The artist relied on a photograph for the composition of sheep on a hillside; the black rectangular background alludes to the source. Set against aluminum leaf, the black shape becomes an object placed on a shiny field.
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