Gustave Baumann

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Project by EarlS posted 12-07-2014 12:35 AM 2827 views 17 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Gustave Baumann (1881 – 1971) created color woodcut prints of American rural landscapes. Baumann was active in the era before photo-reproduction replaced wood engraving. He was active in the Chicago and Indiana countryside until he took a trip to Taos, NM…which then became home. He lived in Santa Fe area for more than 50 years carving into wood southwestern landscapes and spring and summer garden and orchards. His prints are awash in brilliant, hand-ground pigments.

The prints are “Silver Sky”, “Bishop’s Apricot”, and “Spring Blossoms”. John from Mission Motif in Atlanta was kind enough to sell the matted prints without a frame. I’ve had them for nearly a year while I worked out how to best frame them in a manner that highlighted the beautiful artwork while complimenting the Arts and Crafts d├ęcor of our Master Bedroom. Even with some CAD work and very detailed plans I still started over twice on the Silver Sky frame and 3 times on the Spring Blossom frame getting every detail to fit and flow together. All in all, I probably have 80 hours invested in these frames and the final product was well worth all of the time and effort.

I just ordered the “Lilac Year” to finish out the room. I haven’t started thinking about the frame design yet but I have an entire notebook of designs from this process to leaf through for ideas as well as all of the LB project posts.

The frames are cherry with walnut accents. They are approximately 27”x23” They are finished with a couple of coats of semi-gloss polyurethane.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#1 posted 12-07-2014 01:15 AM

This one is my favorite. Job well done.

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#2 posted 12-07-2014 01:12 PM

These are very beautiful and well made frames. It always amazes me how just a few simple design elements skillfully put together can look so good.

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#3 posted 12-07-2014 02:01 PM

Really nice, great work.

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#4 posted 12-07-2014 02:25 PM

Great job.

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#5 posted 12-07-2014 08:33 PM

I would have a hard time picking a favorite – they are all great!

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#6 posted 12-07-2014 08:54 PM

I love those frames! I especially like the first two and would have a hard time deciding between them. The prints are all marvelous and perfect for those beautiful frames.

Great work, Earl!

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#7 posted 12-07-2014 09:15 PM

Beautiful frames and beautiful art.

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#8 posted 12-08-2014 12:32 AM

Truly outstanding frames! You have certainly raised the bar for me both in terms of creativity and execution. Thank you!

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#9 posted 12-21-2015 06:03 AM

Beautiful work.

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