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The Diving Boy

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Augusta Savage American, 1892 - 1962 The Diving Boy c. 1939 Bronze Born in Green Cove Springs, Florida, Savage moved to Jacksonville, Florida, at the age of 16 to earn a living sculpting portrait busts of prominent African Americans. In 1921, she moved to New York and 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 and became one of twentieth-century America's most prolific and influential sculptors. Because of her often-difficult financial situation, her plaster originals were frequently destroyed before she could afford to have them cast in bronze. Savage visited Ninah Cummer at her Jacksonville home in 1939. The Diving Boy was originally placed at one end of a reflecting pond in Mrs. Cummer's Italian Garden, and is typical of Savage's interest in combining realistic details with psychologically penetrating expressiveness.

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