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  1. [Baren 40307] Boxing day in Australia is almost past. Sitting in... (jennifer kelly)
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Message 1
From: jennifer kelly
Date: Sun, 27 Dec 2009 10:02:54 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40307] Boxing day in Australia is almost past. Sitting in...
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Boxing day in Australia is almost past. Sitting in a house in the wilderness,
perched on the side of a mountain. I have spent time catching up with Baren topics
and consequently indulging in all things Gustave Baumann.

Questions arise. There was mention that he used pigments. Were they used
in the Japanese woodblock printing style, or mixed with plate oil, or in another
I have paid close attention to one particular print, ie the one that appears first
on the utube video that Julio (thanks Julio) posted. I have broken down the colours he used into blocks, I as yet am not prepared to call the exact order of printing, however, the soft, potentially overprinted areas are interesting. Has he hand wiped from the outer edges, toward the body of colour to produce the soft edges? If not, then how.
all the best from the antipodes, Jenny
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Message 2
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sun, 27 Dec 2009 10:45:51 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40308] Baumann
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I think all his work was oil based...I have the book somewhere and will look it up for you, it shows the order of printing of lots of his blocks. I think he rolled his ink on the blocks or daubed it on, it is possible to get lots of mottled effects doing this but you have to be really good to get them the same from print to print if you are fooling around with mottled colors. Baumann's work has a great feel to it, he was certainly a great craftsman and not a bad artist either. I actually have a small book he did of the seasons from 1914, I got it on ebay about 15 years ago. I wish it were more colors, but still, it is very nice and in fairly good shape for a book nearly 100 years old.
My best