Corn Dance

Corn Dance

c. 1924

Gustave Baumann

(American, born Germany, 1881-1971)

Tempera on brown paper

Support: Brown paper

Image: 16.5 x 14.3 cm (6 1/2 x 5 5/8 in.); Sheet: 28 x 24.2 cm (11 x 9 1/2 in.)

Gift of Ann Baumann 2005.461



From 1913 Baumann executed tempera studies in rich, opaque colors, usually on brown paper, in preparation for making prints. In the case of Corn Dance, he made many changes translating this drawing into a woodcut. The print emphasizes fewer, larger dancers whose costumes have been elaborated with patterning. Subsidiary figures were eliminated and the space was compressed, increasing the size of the mountain and reducing the sky, which had occupied half the background in the tempera. The composition was cut into the blocks in the same direction as the drawing and so is reversed when printed.

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