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Miami Lost, the Seminole Photographs of Eugene F. Savage

 

In 1935 buoyed by the success of the sale of his Hall of State Centennial Murals to the state of Texas, deep in the Great Depression the artist Eugene Francis Savage drove from his home in Ossining, New York all the way down Route 1 to Miami, Florida where he studied the Seminole Indians. Eventually his paintings of these people would be the subject of a 1936 exhibition at Ferargil Galleries in New York City. Like many other artistic peculative efforts in the 1930's, aside from the sale of one canvas to the Rhode Island School of Design art museum, it was not much of a financial success and the paintings, except for a few museum shows, were lost in storage until being rediscovered in 2007, when they were sold to the Cummer Museum of Art in Jacksonville, Florida.

Four years later the 2007 rediscovery, the photos, and their original negatives, that Eugene Savage took in Florida on that 1935 trip were found in an old cardboard box in the attic of the artists grandson in Woodbury, CT. They too were purchased by the Cummer Museum. This is the first time these once lost photos have ever appeared in the media. As the great season of art shows beckons collectors and dealers alike to the transaction friendly sunny shores of south Florida, these serve as a reminder of Florida's interesting aesthetic past, one that is only now being rediscovered.

 001 780img041Eugene Savage, Seminole Mother and Child, 1935

002 780img014Eugene Savage, Seminole Village, 1935

003 780img023Eugene Savage, Interior of a Chickee Hut, Seminole Mother and Child, 1935

004 780img028bEugene Savage, Seminole Children, 1935

005 780img011bEugene Savage, Seminole Family, 1935

006 780img015Eugene Savage, Seminole Woman, 1935

007 780img027Eugene Savage, Seminole Children, 1935

008 780img013Eugene Savage, Seminole Mother and Child, 1935

011 780img016Eugene Savage, Seminole Women, 1935

012 780img032Eugene Savage, Seminole Family, 1935

014 780img020Eugene Savage, Seminole Women, 1935

015 780img022Eugene Savage, Seminole Women and Cookfire, 1935

019 780img030Eugene Savage, Seminole Women using a Singer Sewing Machine, 1935

024 780img048Eugene Savage, Seminole Man Paddling a Canoe, 1935

025 780img050Eugene Savage, Seminoles in a Canoe, 1935

026 780img057Eugene Savage, Seminole Man Paddling a Canoe, 1935

027 780img061Eugene Savage, Seminole Man Paddling a Canoe, 1935

029 780img007Eugene Savage, Seminole Guide with Artist in the Everglades, 1935

030 780img012Eugene Savage, Seminole Man and an Alligator Wrestling Show, 1935

031 780img033Eugene Savage, Seminole Man Wrestling a Gator Show, 1935

032 780img018Eugene Savage, Seminole Man Wrestling a Gator, 1935

034 780img025Eugene Savage, Seminole Man Wrestling, 1935

 

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