Gustave Baumann (1881-1971) began his career as a commercial artist in Chicago. A craftsman by nature, in 1905 he turned his hand to traditional woodcut printmaking. Five years later he joined other artists in the hill country of Brown County, Indiana where he pursued his goal of creating "good pictures at low cost." He left Indiana in 1917 but never lost touch with his modest beginnings or his desire for a simple life. Written when he was nearing seventy, The Autobiography of Gustave Baumann illuminates the personality of the artist through anecdotes of town and family life, observations of society, and musings about the role of artists and their art.
Gustave Baumann: German Craftsman | American Artist opens at the Indianapolis Museum of Art on October 24, 2015.
Edited by Martin Krause, Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
160 pages with more than 80 full-color reproductions and 36 black-and-white photographs. Hardcover Smyth-sewn casebound book with jacket. Dimensions: 8¾ x 10 in.