Brown County

c. 1915
(American, born Germany, 1881–1971)
Support: Brown paper (white border)
Watermarks:
Image: 26 x 23.4 cm (10 1/4 x 9 3/16 in.); with borders: 28 x 25.4 cm (11 x 10 in.); Sheet: 28.2 x 25.4 cm (11 1/8 x 10 in.)
© Ann Baumann Trust
Location: not on view
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From 1913 Baumann’s tempera preparatory drawings were always made on brown, tan, or gray paper. The background color functioned as a neutral, median baseline from which both brighter and darker hues could be calibrated. The gold border (Baumann most often painted a white perimeter around his drawings) brightens the scene and enhances the illusion of depth as if looking through a window into a three-dimensional space. The gold frame also separates the image from the margins of brown paper, so that areas of unpainted paper become integrated within the design.
Brown County

Brown County

c. 1915

Gustave Baumann

(American, born Germany, 1881–1971)
America, 20th century

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