In Admiration of Gustave Baumann

June is Gustave Baumann’s birth month! In honor of this artist’s special day on June 27, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite pieces from the Museum Shops. Born on June 27, 1881 in Magdeburg, Germany, Gustave Baumann is credited as a leading figure in the color woodcut revival in America. Baumann and his family immigrated to the United States in 1891. After receiving his art education from the Art Institute of Chicago he returned to Germany to study wood carving and wood block printing techniques. Eventually he would land in New Mexico in 1918.

At the invitation of Paul Water, the New Mexico Museum of Art’s curator, Baumann was persuaded to stay in Santa Fe. It was here that he befriended many local artists (he made the head of the first Zozobra!) and would ultimately stay until his death in 1971. We’re particularly grateful for Baumann’s contributions to printmaking as well as his vibrant and romantic depictions of the Southwest. Shop our online collection below, or visit the New Mexico Museum of Art and the New Mexico History Museum to learn more.

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