Gustave Baumann: The Indiana Collection

Nashville, Indiana 1943 · Gustave Baumann

Explore the incredible work of famous woodblock artist Gustave Baumann, who started his career in Brown County in the early 1900s. Baumann was working as a commercial artist in Chicago when he heard about the Art Colony forming in Brown County. This German immigrant had long wanted to experiment with his woodblock art form by transitioning from a commercial artist to fine art. He paid a visit to Brown County and stayed for several years, perfecting his craft.

The Gallery’s Baumann Collection shows nearly all of Baumann’s work in Indiana. It is clear to the viewer that he was highly influenced by the painters who were working in the same area. Eventually Baumann moved to Santa Fe, where he became world famous. But he always had “Indiana on his mind,” he once said.

This permanent exhibit is open daily and is a fascinating look at the Hoosier work of a famous artist. The exhibit rotates and also features interesting artifacts and lots of history.

Gustave Baumann (1881–1971)