Slightly more than a hundred figures populate Gustave Baumann’s Pasatiempo Parade Santa Fe 1926. It may be that every one was a real person who attended the event, although Baumann mentions only 26 of them by name on the card affixed to the back of the painting. Even at that, it is not always possible to determine who is who — for example, in cases where several people ride a float. One of the 26 is himself. His notation “The Bull Was Mine G.B.” refers to an imitation bull in a bullfighting vignette in the upper right-hand corner; we know that he built it, but his text notation identifies the people involved as Howard Huey (a businessman), Gardesky (pharmacist Martin Gardesky), Howard Huey (a businessman), and F. Catron (lawyer Fletcher Catron), followed by “etc.” There is no reason to suppose that Baumann was himself part of that skit. On the right-hand edge of the painting is a painter working at an easel. There is no allusion to him on the painting’s back. Could that be Baumann?

In any case, he did spotlight three of his colleagues in Santa Fe’s community of artists. Two of them — Will Shuster and Sheldon Parsons — are certainly identifiable, and the other — John Sloan — is present in a more general way. — James M. Keller