Augusta Christine Fells Savage
(1892 - 1962)
Augusta Christine Fells Savage was active/lived in New York, Florida. Augusta Savage is known for African-American portrait sculpture, educator.
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An African-American sculptor who struggled with poverty and racist
attitudes, Augusta Savage became a leading figure among
African-American artists. She was known for her skill with
commissioned portrait sculptures, especially ones that emphasized
racial identity and were identified with prominent persons in Harlem in
New York City. Later in her career, she focused more on ordinary
people and the integrity of their 'common' position in
Her mediums were bronze, clay and plaster. One of
her few surviving
pieces is a portrait bust of W.E.B. DuBois in the New York Public
Library, 135 Street Branch.
One of her biographers, Leslie King-Hammond, described Augusta Savage
as a "tru
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