Malapai

Malapai

1927, printed 1936

Gustave Baumann

(American, born Germany, 1881-1971)

Color woodcut

Support: Zanders laid paper

Image: 24 x 28.6 cm (9 7/16 x 11 1/4 in.); Sheet: 34.1 x 43.1 cm (13 7/16 x 16 15/16 in.)

Gift of Ann Baumann 2005.425

Catalogue raisonné: Chamberlain 122

Description

The Malpais (badlands) are now part of El Malpais National Monument. The barren scenery is a result of ancient lava flows within a basin surrounded by sandstone bluffs that have been eroded by wind and water into startling, eerie formations. Baumann commented on this strange and intriguing vista: “There is a feeling of rightness in the confusion of shapes thrown about on the landscape with its multicolored ash, mud, and lava flows, and yet it is disconcerting when I find that what gives it art value is no more than a thin film of iridescence caused by the atmosphere.”

See also
Collection: 
PR - Woodcut
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Color woodcut
Credit line: 
Gift of Ann Baumann

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