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Autumnal Glory

Autumnal Glory

1920, printed 1953
(American, born Germany, 1881–1971)
Image: 33.3 x 32.9 cm (13 1/8 x 12 15/16 in.); Sheet: 46 x 36.3 cm (18 1/8 x 14 5/16 in.)
© Ann Baumann Trust
Catalogue raisonné: Chamberlain 75
Location: not on view


Autumnal Glory suggests the importance the uplands play as open spaces for grazing sheep and goats, nestled in the foreground, while flaunting the stunning autumn foliage of the Upper Pecos River Valley. To reproduce the effects of the Southwest’s clear, crystalline sunlight, Baumann mixed pure, brilliant hues, overprinting them in layers, and juxtaposed complimentary colors. Strong, flat colors and a bold design capture the intense light and arid atmosphere, simulating the ambiance of this enchanting, unique region. “The palette and theories regarding color east of the Mississippi should all be tossed in the river as you cross the bridge,” Baumann explained.
  • Gustave Baumann: Colorful Cuts. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (December 20, 2020-June 27, 2021).
  • {{cite web|title=Autumnal Glory|url=false|author=Gustave Baumann|year=1920, printed 1953|access-date=10 June 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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