Baumann, Gustave 1881-1971
Gustave Baumann came with his family to the United States when he was ten. Soon after arriving in their new home of Chicago, Baumann's father left the family and Gustave was responsible for supporting the household. At age sixteen he began full-time work as an apprentice for an engraving house, while going to the Art Institute of Chicago at night to "get a little closer to art." He worked next at an advertising studio and by 1903 opened his own studio. After saving one thousand dollars from his new business, Gustave gave half to his mother and left for Munich, Germany to attend the Kunstgewerbe Schule (School of Arts and Crafts). He was interested in learning the bold new style of artwork being produced there.
Further Reading: Gustave Bauman, Western Art & Architecture 2012