Oct 07, 2008 - Sale 2156

Sale 2156 - Lot 2

Price Realized: $ 7,800
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Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
AUGUSTA SAVAGE (1892 - 1962)
Untitled (Bust of a Young Boy).

Fired terracotta painted brown, circa late 1920s - early 1930s. Approximately 113 mm; 4 1/2 inches high. With the artist's signature stamp, at the edge of the base verso. Worn with a 1/2-inch chip on the right shoulder.

Provenance: private New Jersey collection.

Augusta Savage was one of the most influential artists and educators of the Harlem Renaissance. Bor
n in Green Cove Springs, Florida, she received formal training at the Cooper Union School of Art (1921-1924). In 1930 and 1931, Savage was the recipient of two successive Rosenwald Grants, which enabled her to travel to France and study at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. When she returned to New York in 1932, she opened the Savage School of Arts and Crafts in Harlem, where her students included William Artis, Jacob Lawrence and Norman Lewis. In 1935, she was a founding member of the Harlem Artists Guild, and from 1936-1937 she worked for the WPA Federal Arts Project as the Director of the Harlem Community Art Center. Augusta Savage became known for her sensitive and skillful modeling of the human figure in painted plaster and bronze - mostly small-scale portraits and busts like her celebrated Gamin.