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Eugene SavageThe Seminole Paintings

Published by GILES in association with the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

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Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 64 pages, 180 x 180 mm (7 1/8 x 7 1/8 in.)

Illustrations — 55 colour

Format — Paperback

ISBN — 978-1-904832-99-7

Press Release — Eugene Savage: The Seminole Paintings

News  —  Eugene Savage: The Seminole Paintings

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Accompanies the first show devoted to the artist's work since a memorial exhibition held at the National Academy of Design in 1978, which runs at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida, October 7, 2011 - January 8, 2012 Features 40 paintings from the Cummer Museum of Art’s important recent acquisition of more than 100 of the Seminole works for its permanent collection

About the Book

Eugene Savage: The Seminole Paintings is a colourful introduction to an American artist best known today as a muralist with the Works Progress Administration. Eugene Savage (1883-1978) first visited the Florida Everglades in the 1930’s, became enchanted with the local Seminole Indian tribe and spent the next 20 years depicting them. Savages’s paintings, drawings, and watercolours not only document the Seminoles, they are also important works of art in their own right. Each presents Seminole traditions, threatened by encroachment on the Everglades, in an artistic manner reminiscent of Surrealist dreamscapes and Art Deco sensibilities. Although Savage’s series is perhaps the most extensive painted record of the Florida Seminoles, art historians have largely overlooked these works in favour of studies of the natives of the American Plains or Southwest. This new volume provides an opportunity to re-assess the artist’s career, and offers new insights into the representation of the Seminoles in American art.

About the Author(s)

Dr. Elizabeth Heuer is an assistant professor of Art History at the University of North Florida. She received her PhD from Florida State University in 2008. Her research interests focus on modern American visual culture. Most recently, Heuer has contributed essays to Postcards: Ephemeral Histories of Modernity (2010).