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"A Powerful Mind"

"A Powerful Mind"

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A tribute to Augusta Savage

Augusta Savage was an American sculptor associated with the Harlem Renaissance. She was also a teacher whose studio was important to the careers of a generation of artists who would become nationally known. She worked for equal rights for African Americans in the arts.

At an early age Augusta  was already making little figurines out of the natural red clay of her hometown, but her father discouraged her creations through corporal punishment, claiming they were sinful. "My father licked me four or five times a week," Savage once recalled, "and almost whipped all the art out of me." But she persevered, and the principal of her new high school in West Palm Beach, where her family relocated in 1915, encouraged her talent and allowed her to teach a clay modeling class.

This began a lifelong commitment to teaching, as well as to creating art while working in Manhattan steam laundries to support herself and her family.

Her artistic career was marked by incredible highs and lows. Savage battled poverty and racism, both of which limited her opportunities. Yet at the same time, as Drs. Berry and Gross wrote, “Augusta’s life was steeped in the blossoming African American cultural revolution taking place.” She wrote poetry and hosted Black literary luminaries such as Dorothy West, Claude McKay, Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston in her overcrowded apartment, while sculpting busts of people in her community as well as leaders like Marcus Garvey.

Savage’s greatest professional accomplishments include traveling to study in Paris, being the first Black artist elected to the National Association of Women Painters and #Sculptors and receiving a commission to create art for the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Information taken from Wikipedia and ideas.ted

What a powerful woman!

"A Powerful Mind"
11x14 inches on canvas board


Details: Original mixed media painting on canvas board. This painting is carefully packaged to ensure safe transit. In addition, your painting is posted via registered post and is fully insured.

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