Art from the Heart & Good Cheer for the New Year

Holiday Cards by Gustave Baumann and Friends

On display through Feb 18, 2024

The New Mexico History Museum presents "Art from the Heart & Good Cheer for the New Year: Gustave Baumann and artists’ friends holiday card exhibition," a captivating display of holiday cards created by renowned woodcut artist Gustave Baumann. This special exhibition will be on view from November 17, 2023 to February 18, 2024 in the Palace of the Governor’s.  

Gustave Baumann, a prolific artist known for his masterful woodcut prints, paintings, and marionettes, extended his artistic vision to his holiday cards. For five decades, he meticulously crafted and sent out these cards to his family, friends, and fellow artists. These cards, infused with creativity, craftsmanship, and humor, provide a glimpse into Baumann’s personal life and artistic sensibilities. 

"Baumann’s holiday cards are a testament to his artistic spirit and his deep connections with those he cherished," remarked Pete McCracken, curator of the exhibition. "These cards offer a unique opportunity to appreciate Baumann’s artistic talent and the joy he brought to others during the holiday season." 

Highlights of the Exhibition 

The exhibition showcases a selection of Baumann’s holiday cards, spanning the years 1918 to 1967. These cards feature a variety of subjects, including depictions of Baumann’s home in Santa Fe, his family and friends, and scenes from New Mexican landscapes. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view Baumann’s woodblock printing tools and learn about the process involved in creating woodcut prints. 

The exhibition delves into Baumann’s artistic circle, highlighting the creative connections he forged with fellow artists like Willard Clark, J. J. Lankes, Olive Rush, Donald Dohner, Eliza Draper Gardiner, Dandy Low, and Chuzo Tamotzu. These artists exchanged handmade cards during the holidays, showcasing their artistic talents and camaraderie. 

Photo credit: Courtesy of the Photo Archives at the New Mexico History Museum.

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