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Eugene F. Savage (American, 1883 – 1978)

Orchid Hunter

Orchid Hunter

1935
oil on canvas
31 × 28 1/2 in.

Purchased with funds provided by the Mae W. Schultz Lead Trust. Photograph courtesy of Daniel Portnoy Photography, AP.2007.2.7

In 1935 American artist Eugene Francis Savage made the first of many journeys into the Florida Everglades to study the Seminoles. Inspired by his observations, he created perhaps the most extensive painted record of the Florida Seminoles from the early twentieth century. These works reflect Savage’s concern for the plight of Native culture as tourism, land development, and environmentalist debates threatened their traditional way of life.

Savage was especially drawn to the Seminole’s distinctive colorful patchwork clothing. The art form developed in the 1910s as the Seminoles acquired hand-cranked sewing machines from trade posts in south Florida. The patchwork is composed of segments of colorful commercial cloth sewn into geometric designs that were based on nature. Inspired by these so-called primitive designs, Savage collapsed space by positioning the canoe at a dramatic angle and reducing natural forms into flat shapes and patterns.

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Eugene F.
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Savage
Permanent Image: 
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1935
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20th and 21st Century European and American Art
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In 1935 American artist Eugene Francis Savage made the first of many journeys into the Florida Everglades to study the Seminoles. Inspired by his observations, he created perhaps the most extensive painted record of the Florida Seminoles from the early twentieth century. These works reflect Savage’s concern for the plight of Native culture as tourism, land development, and environmentalist debates threatened their traditional way of life.

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Permanent Gift: 
Purchased with funds provided by the Mae W. Schultz Lead Trust. Photograph courtesy of Daniel Portnoy Photography
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In 1935 American artist Eugene Francis Savage made the first of many journeys into the Florida Everglades to study the Seminoles. Inspired by his observations, he created perhaps the most extensive painted record of the Florida Seminoles from the early twentieth century. These works reflect Savage’s concern for the plight of Native culture as tourism, land development, and environmentalist debates threatened their traditional way of life.

Savage was especially drawn to the Seminole’s distinctive colorful patchwork clothing. The art form developed in the 1910s as the Seminoles acquired hand-cranked sewing machines from trade posts in south Florida. The patchwork is composed of segments of colorful commercial cloth sewn into geometric designs that were based on nature. Inspired by these so-called primitive designs, Savage collapsed space by positioning the canoe at a dramatic angle and reducing natural forms into flat shapes and patterns.

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Eugene F.
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Savage
Permanent Image: 
Add "c."?: 
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Permanent Year: 
1935
Permanent Period: 
20th and 21st Century European and American Art
Permanent Material: 
oil on canvas<br />31 × 28 1/2 in.

In 1935 American artist Eugene Francis Savage made the first of many journeys into the Florida Everglades to study the Seminoles. Inspired by his observations, he created perhaps the most extensive painted record of the Florida Seminoles from the early twentieth century. These works reflect Savage’s concern for the plight of Native culture as tourism, land development, and environmentalist debates threatened their traditional way of life.

Savage was especially drawn to the Seminole’s distinctive colorful patchwork clothing. The art form developed in the 1910s as the Seminoles acquired hand-cranked sewing machines from trade posts in south Florida. The patchwork is composed of segments of colorful commercial cloth sewn into geometric designs that were based on nature. Inspired by these so-called primitive designs, Savage collapsed space by positioning the canoe at a dramatic angle and reducing natural forms into flat shapes and patterns.

Permanent Gift: 
Purchased with funds provided by the Mae W. Schultz Lead Trust. Photograph courtesy of Daniel Portnoy Photography
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