Southwestern woodcut printmaker and painter. While still a young boy, Gustave Baumann emigrated with his family from Magdeburg, Germany, to Chicago. He returned to Germany to study at Kunstgewerbeschule in Munich and later attended the Art Institute of Chicago. After moving to Santa Fe in 1918, he became a leading member of the art community and became known for his experiments in a variety of media and above all for his color woodcuts of the Southwest.
Baumann was appointed area coordinator of the Public Works of Art Project of the WPA beginning in the early 1930s. During this time, he also carved and decorated a large number of marionettes. In 1939, he published Frijoles Canyon Pictographs, illustrated with woodblock prints of prehistoric Indian designs and figures carved in the canyon walls. Later he incorporated such anthropological imagery into his art.
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