As a child Baumann emigrated with his family from Magdeburg, Germany, and settled in Chicago. As a young man he worked as a commercial artist and wood engraver, while studying at night at the Art Institute of Chicago. There, through the Palette and Chisel Club, he met members of the Taos Society of Artists and first learned of the thriving artist colony in northern New Mexico. He returned to Germany to spend a year at the Kunstgewerbe Schule in Munich, where he studied woodblook printing, which became his primary art form. His earliest color woodcuts date from 1906. Baumann's prints were exhibited in Paris and at the Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915. In 1918, driven by the search for a compatible artistic climate and remembering his earlier acquaintance with members of the Taos Society, Baumann came to New Mexico, where he settled in Santa Fe for the remainder of his life.
|Grand Canyon, 1919
Woodblock print, 15.5 in x 14.25 in