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Augusta Savage
Gwendolyn Knight (Mrs. Jacob Lawrence, 1913 – 2005)
c. 1937
17 5/16 × 8 1/2 × 8 inches (44 × 21.6 × 20.3 cm)
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Gift of The Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art.
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Augusta Fells Savage was born near Jacksonville, Florida, on February 29, 1892. In 1921, Savage moved to New York City, where she began her formal art studies at Cooper Union. After securing a Julius Rosenwald Fellowship that allowed the artist to study in France for one year, Savage returned to the United States to teach art in Harlem, where she won great respect from her peers. Savage befriended and created sculpture portraits of many African American luminaries, including W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, and James Weldon Johnson. In New York City, Savage was also recognized as a teacher at the Savage Studio of Arts and Crafts and the Harlem Community Center, where she influenced key artists such as Gwendolyn Knight, (depicted in this sculpture), Norman Lewis, William Artis, and Elton Fax.