Born in Germany, Gustave Baumann spent his boyhood in Chicago. After settling in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1918, Baumann became interested in the ancient Indian civilizations that flourished there.
The American Southwest was the focus of his work. Although Baumann painted in oils, the woodcut print was his preferred medium. In Cordova Plaza he portrays the adobe architecture and brilliant sun of the Southwest. His works are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
[This is an excerpt from the interactive companion program to the videodisc American Art from the National Gallery of Art. Produced by the Department of Education Resources, this teaching resource is one of the Gallery's free-loan educational programs.]