The Country Circus
Color Woodblock Print
6 3/4 x 9 1/8 inches (image); 9 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches (sheet)
Inscription: Signed and dated 1909 lower right
Provenance: Artist L. O. Griffith (American 1875-1956); the artist's son; the artist's grandson (by descent).
Exhibited: Chicago, Illinois, Art Institute of Chicago, "Fourteenth Annual Exhibit of Works by Chicago Artists," January 4–30, 1910; Chicago, Illinois, Palette and Chisel Club, "Third Annual Exhibition of Illustrative and Commercial Work," May 23–June 4, 1910; Chicago, Illinois, Art Institute of Chicago, "Fifteenth Annual Exhibition of the Society of Western Artists," April 4–30, 1911; Santa Fe, New Mexico, Museum of New Mexico Art Gallery, "Gustave Baumann: A Retrospective Exhibition of Color Wood Cuts," August 10–September 15, 1952; Santa Fe, New Mexico, Museum of New Mexico Art Gallery, "Gustave Baumann, 1881-1971," November 19, 1972–January 28, 1973; Fort Collins, Colorado, Morgan Library, Colorado State University, "The American West at CSU: Baumann Retrospective," July 15–October 15, 1973; Indianapolis, Indiana, Indianapolis Museum of Art, "Gustave Baumann: Color Woodblock Prints, 1905-1950," November 3–December 14, 1981; Santa Fe, New Mexico, Museum of Fine Arts, "Gustave Baumann: Hands of a Craftsman, Heart of an Artist," October 2, 1993–April 17, 1994; this exhibition also traveled to New York in 1995, to Palm Springs, Cleveland, and Colorado Springs in 1996, and to Lubbock, Texas, in 2000 (other examples).
Literature: David Acton, Martin F. Krause, Madeline Carol Yurtseven, "Gustave Baumann: Nearer to Art" (Santa Fe, New Mexico: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1993), reprod. in color, p. 91, fig. 68 (another, later example illustrated); Gala Chamberlain, "In a Modern Rendering: The Color Woodcuts of Gustave Baumann." Rizzoli Electa, New York, 2019, 11, p. 138 (color, other examples).
Note: This is one of only four known impressions printed in three colors by the artist on laid Japan paper. Chamberlain 11, Baumann 121. Sold INQUIRE MORE
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