Apr 25, 2006

Hollyhock Garden

Hollyhock Garden

c. 1914–20

Gustave Baumann

(American, born Germany, 1881–1971)

Tempera over graphite on brown paper

Support: Brown paper

Image: 23.5 x 28.7 cm (9 1/4 x 11 5/16 in.); with borders: 27.2 x 31.8 cm (10 11/16 x 12 1/2 in.); Sheet: 29.7 x 36.2 cm (11 11/16 x 14 1/4 in.)

Gift of Ann Baumann 2005.466



Baumann began Hollyhock Garden around 1914 when living in Brown County, Indiana. After settling in Santa Fe, he reworked the scene in about 1919, adding Southwestern touches, such as transforming the wooden Indiana farmhouse with a shingle roof into adobe buildings with tile roofs. He must have referenced Hollyhock Garden in 1927 when making the color woodcut Hoosier Garden, since there are many correspondences between them, including the picket fence with its profusion of yellow and orange flowers and the porch chair, which lurks ghostlike beneath a thin layer of paint in the drawing.

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Gift of Ann Baumann

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