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Page 7 (January), from All the Year Around

A work made of color woodcut on ivory japanese paper.

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  • A work made of color woodcut on ivory japanese paper.

Date:

1912

Artist:

Gustave Baumann (American, 1881-1971)
written by James Whitcomb Riley
published by Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis

About this artwork

Bleak January! Cold as fate,
And ever colder—ever keener—
Our very hair cut while we wait
By winds that clip it ever cleaner:
Cold as a miser’s buried gold,
Or nether-deeps of old tradition–
Jeems January! you’re a cold
Proposition!
James Whitcomb Riley, “A Hoosier Calendar”

This color woodcut depicting the month of January was part of a series of 12 prints that served as the illustrations for All the Year Round, a book of poems written by James Whitcomb Riley, popularly known as the “Hoosier Poet.” In addition to the images of the months, Baumann designed the book’s borders and typeface. Ultimately, however, the volume was received poorly, and Baumann later recollected that the entire project was “a dismal flop.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Gustave Baumann

Title

Page 7 (January), from All the Year Around

Date

Published 1912

Medium

Color woodcut on ivory Japanese paper

Dimensions

194 × 152 mm (image); 211 × 170 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The William Gold Hibbard Memorial

Reference Number

1923.461.8

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