Artist: Harold Baumbach (American, 1904-2002)
Dimensions: 50″ x 40″
Location in Library: Fourth floor
Media: Oil on canvas
Owner: The Brooklyn College Library Collection.
Gift of Harold Baumbach. © Artist’s Estate
A self-taught painter, Baumbach became well known in the 1930’s for his densely patterned street scenes and Brooklyn interiors. He later turned to landscapes, which were less figurative and more impressionistic and expressive. A review in ARTnews explained, “His real subject was not the world outside of himself but the stuff and texture and light of paint.” This painting, which contains dreamlike trees in an abstract setting, explores color and spatial relations.
Baumbach taught painting at Brooklyn College from 1946 to 1966.