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Augusta Savage (American, 1892 - 1962)

The Diving Boy

The Diving Boy

c. 1939
bronze
32 1/2 in.

Bequest of Ninah M. H. Cummer, C.0.602.1

Born the seventh of fourteen children in Green Cove Springs, Florida, Augusta Savage exhibited a talent and interest in the arts at an early age. After a marriage that left her widowed at the age of 16, Savage moved to Jacksonville, Florida to earn a living sculpting portrait busts of prominent African Americans. In 1921, she moved to New York and enrolled in the Cooper Union. She received many fellowships and awards, allowing her to travel and study abroad. In 1932 Savage began a notable teaching career with the founding of the Savage School of Arts and Crafts in New York. As an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s, Savage worked with other important leaders, writers, musicians, and artists to celebrate the contributions of African American culture to American society. She overcame poverty, racism, and sexual discrimination to become one of twentieth-century America's most prolific and influential sculptors. Because of her often difficult financial situation, Augusta Savage's plaster originals were frequently destroyed before she could afford to have them cast in bronze.

Originally placed at one end of a reflecting pond in Mrs. Cummer's Italian Garden, The Diving Boy is typical of Savage's interest in combining realistic details with psychologically penetrating expressiveness.

Visitor's Comments:

"It gives me courage to do things I'm scared of." - Isabella, age 10

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American
Permanent Art Life Span: 
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Catalog Number: 
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Augusta
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Savage
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1939
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20th and 21st Century European and American Art
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Born the seventh of fourteen children in Green Cove Springs, Florida, Augusta Savage exhibited a talent and interest in the arts at an early age. After a marriage that left her widowed at the age of 16, Savage moved to Jacksonville, Florida to earn a living sculpting portrait busts of prominent African Americans. In 1921, she moved to New York and enrolled in the Cooper Union. She received many fellowships and awards, allowing her to travel and study abroad. In 1932 Savage began a notable teaching career with the founding of the Savage School of Arts and Crafts in New York. As an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s, Savage worked with other important leaders, writers, musicians, and artists to celebrate the contributions of African American culture to American society. She overcame poverty, racism, and sexual discrimination to become one of twentieth-century America's most prolific and influential sculptors. Because of her often difficult financial situation, Augusta Savage's plaster originals were frequently destroyed before she could afford to have them cast in bronze.

Originally placed at one end of a reflecting pond in Mrs. Cummer's Italian Garden, The Diving Boy is typical of Savage's interest in combining realistic details with psychologically penetrating expressiveness.

Permanent Gift: 
Bequest of Ninah M. H. Cummer
Permanent Quote: 
"It gives me courage to do things I'm scared of." <strong>- Isabella, age 10</strong>
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Born the seventh of fourteen children in Green Cove Springs, Florida, Augusta Savage exhibited a talent and interest in the arts at an early age. After a marriage that left her widowed at the age of 16, Savage moved to Jacksonville, Florida to earn a living sculpting portrait busts of prominent African Americans. In 1921, she moved to New York and enrolled in the Cooper Union. She received many fellowships and awards, allowing her to travel and study abroad. In 1932 Savage began a notable teaching career with the founding of the Savage School of Arts and Crafts in New York. As an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s, Savage worked with other important leaders, writers, musicians, and artists to celebrate the contributions of African American culture to American society. She overcame poverty, racism, and sexual discrimination to become one of twentieth-century America's most prolific and influential sculptors. Because of her often difficult financial situation, Augusta Savage's plaster originals were frequently destroyed before she could afford to have them cast in bronze.

Originally placed at one end of a reflecting pond in Mrs. Cummer's Italian Garden, The Diving Boy is typical of Savage's interest in combining realistic details with psychologically penetrating expressiveness.

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"It gives me courage to do things I'm scared of." <strong>- Isabella, age 10</strong>
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Permanent Art Location: 
American
Permanent Art Life Span: 
1892 - 1962
Catalog Number: 
C.0.602.1
Permanent Artist First Name: 
Augusta
Permanent Artist Last Name: 
Savage
Permanent Image: 
Add "c."?: 
Yes
Permanent Year: 
1939
Permanent Period: 
20th and 21st Century European and American Art
Permanent Material: 
bronze<br />32 1/2 in.

Born the seventh of fourteen children in Green Cove Springs, Florida, Augusta Savage exhibited a talent and interest in the arts at an early age. After a marriage that left her widowed at the age of 16, Savage moved to Jacksonville, Florida to earn a living sculpting portrait busts of prominent African Americans. In 1921, she moved to New York and enrolled in the Cooper Union. She received many fellowships and awards, allowing her to travel and study abroad. In 1932 Savage began a notable teaching career with the founding of the Savage School of Arts and Crafts in New York. As an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s, Savage worked with other important leaders, writers, musicians, and artists to celebrate the contributions of African American culture to American society. She overcame poverty, racism, and sexual discrimination to become one of twentieth-century America's most prolific and influential sculptors. Because of her often difficult financial situation, Augusta Savage's plaster originals were frequently destroyed before she could afford to have them cast in bronze.

Originally placed at one end of a reflecting pond in Mrs. Cummer's Italian Garden, The Diving Boy is typical of Savage's interest in combining realistic details with psychologically penetrating expressiveness.

Permanent Gift: 
Bequest of Ninah M. H. Cummer
Permanent Quote: 
"It gives me courage to do things I'm scared of." <strong>- Isabella, age 10</strong>
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