Gustave Baumann - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, October 24, 2023 | Phillips

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  • “There is no readymade formula telling you how to do it [printmaking] as a substitute for skill or craftsmanship.”
    —Gustave Baumann 

    While Baumann was one Provincetown artist who did not adopt the white-line woodcut technique, opting for a more traditional woodcut methodology, the style of Tom A Hunting pays homage to Nordfeldt’s method in image: the pictorial elements – the Provincetown staples of a clapboard house, picket fence, and lush foliage – outlined in negative space. Baumann's prints further differed from the Provincetown style and most other American color woodcuts of the period in that they did not evolve from the Japanese method of hand-rubbed watercolor prints, but rather from the European tradition of multiple-block, color wood engravings printed on a press. It was also around this time in Provincetown that Baumann developed his personal chopmark: an open palm within a heart, here stamped in the same orange hue as he colored the houses' chimneys. 

    • Literature

      Gala Chamberlain 58
      Janet Altic Flint, Provincetown Printers: A Woodcut Tradition, 1983, cat. no. 4, p. 27
      Barbara Stern Shapiro, Blanche Lazzell and the Color Woodcut, 2002, cat. no. 87, p. 60

Property from a Distinguished Maryland Estate


Tom A Hunting (C. 58)

Woodcut in colors, on J.W. Zanders pebbled wove paper, with full margins.
I. 11 x 13 1/4 in. (27.9 x 33.7 cm)
S. 13 3/8 x 17 1/8 in. (34 x 43.5 cm)

Signed and titled in pencil, from the second projected edition of 120 (there was also a first projected edition of 100), published by the artist (with his Hand-in-Heart inkstamp), 1931-32, framed.

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$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $8,255

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 24-26 October 2023