As Baum’s work resonates more and more with the widespread audience it was destined for, the Estate offers our resources to the public, collectors, and institutions with the goal of placing his work in front of the eyes of the contemporary public and future generations. As an artist, he was ahead of his time and he was aware of it. He commented to his son that his work would be only understood in the future, long after he had passed. As contemporary audiences have a deeper, more ready understanding of spirituality, the trajectory of art history’s movements, and the algorithmic code on which our digital age is based, the impact and freshness of Baum’s work is able to be understood and experienced as he intended.
In addition to working with collectors and institutions to facilitate the availability of Baum’s paintings to as broad an audience as possible, the goal of the Estate is to preserve his life’s work and the historic property where Baum painted in a large spacious barn that had once been the gathering place for village celebrations and events. The antique posters advertising music and dances and the painted words “Village Barn”, visible when the double doors are swung open, are still intact. This airy, rustic space was Baum’s studio in which he spent his daylight hours actualizing his vision and intention. The space allowed him to work on large canvases and afforded him the isolation he craved in order to create. Though he spent long hours working alone, he was an extrovert and a known, lively presence in the town. The blend of locals and artists appealed greatly to him. Cape Neddick, Maine, just outside of the famed seaside town of Ogunquit, has a rich history as an artist’s haven dating back to the early 1900s.
The Estate is actively developing an artist’s residency program for 2020 to offer the premises for a new generation of inspired and dedicated artists whose vision would thrive in this unique setting, as Baum’s did. We offer private viewings of the paintings in the Estate’s collection by appointment.