Apr 25, 2006

Mending the Seine

Mending the Seine

1917, printed after 1931

Gustave Baumann

(American, born Germany, 1881–1971)

Color woodcut

Support: Zanders wove paper

Image: 24.6 x 28.5 cm (9 11/16 x 11 1/4 in.); Sheet: 34.1 x 43 cm (13 7/16 x 16 15/16 in.)

Gift of Ann Baumann 2005.426

Catalogue raisonné: Chamberlain 55



Because of unknown salability, Baumann seldom printed an entire edition of a subject at once. He kept an impression, color proofs, progressive proofs, and the preparatory drawing as a guide for additional printing campaigns. The Roman numeral II on Mending the Seine indicates that this impression was produced the second time the blocks were printed, and it was numbered 35 out of an anticipated edition of 125. Baumann’s numbering systems, erratic and imprecise, changed over time, so it is sometimes difficult to accurately reconstruct the printing history of the blocks. The image depicts fishermen on Provincetown’s wharf repairing a seine, a large fishing net pulled through the water behind a boat.

See also
PR - Woodcut
Type of artwork: 
Color woodcut
Credit line: 
Gift of Ann Baumann

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