Dates: (1881-1971)Title: COTTONWOOD IN TASSEL Medium: Print of Color Woodcut Dimensions: 14 1/2" by 16" Image Size. Snapshot In Time: This woodcut has somewhat of a western movie flavor to it. The original COTTONWOOD IN TASSEL woodcut was created in 1943 and at the time images and stories about the wild west were becoming more popular than ever. King of the Cowboys Roy Rogers and his horse Trigger were top box office along with Gene Autry and his horse Champion. Many of their movies took place in spots that looked just like the one in this picture.
Art Smart Fact: I n order to control and keep account of his woodcuts, Gustave Baumann developed his own inscription methodology. A Roman numeral indicated in which batch the woodcut was printed (I, II or up to III). Then the number and planned edition total was written in (125 is the most frequent number seen). Thus, the original COTTONWOOD IN TASSEL woodcut this print came from was made in the third batch; it was number 94 in a total edition of which 125 were planned.
About The Art: Baumann is considered by many to be the "best of the best" of any color woodcut artist who ever worked in this difficult medium. Today, original woodcuts by Gustave Baumann cost thousands of dollars if and when you can find them. But you don't need to win the lottery to own his work. Just as finely crafted furniture from eras past has been replicated because the makers are gone, this is a fine reproduction of COTTONWOOD IN TASSEL . Indeed, it is one of the best reproductions I have seen in over a decade of selling both original and replicated Baumann woodcuts. It was made using contemporary offset printing techniques, however you will be very surprised how authentic the signature and hand-in-the-heart chop mark look and how good the colors are.....even the paper has texture.
You will be interested to know that several of the Baumann woodcut reproductions that are now out-of-print have gone on to become valuable themselves. Like me, it is a wonderful way to hold a place on your home or office wall until an original one comes along...it could happen.Be sure and check out the other Gustave Baumann prints available in my eBay Store. If you have any questions about this item or any others in my store, please email me at before you bid or buy and thanks again for stopping by Peggity’s American Fine Art .