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Concetta Scaravaglione

1940 Eugenie Gershoy Born: Krivoi Rog, Russia 1901 Died: United States 1986 bronze 18 1/2 x 8 1/4 x 8 1/8 in. (46.9 x 21.0 x 20.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Dr. and Mrs. James Neely in memory of Miss Maybelle Steinman 1971.448 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 47B


Luce Center Quote

“How deeply fortunate the artist is who loves his art.” Concetta Scaravaglione

Luce Center Label

Concetta Scaravaglione studied art from the age of sixteen, working in a factory during the day to fund her classes. She won a scholarship to the Art Students League and later was the first woman to receive the Prix de Rome to study sculpture at the American Academy in Italy. This piece was modeled while both Eugenie Gershoy and Scaravaglione were employed by the Works Progress Administration. Often described as a “tiny woman of great energy,” Scaravaglione was passionate about her work, and this portrait shows her in the middle of creating a piece. Her whole body appears animated as she contemplates the next section to carve in an unseen block of stone.

Keywords

Occupation - art - sculptor

Portrait female - Scaravaglione, Concetta

sculpture

metal - bronze

About Eugenie Gershoy

Born: Krivoi Rog, Russia 1901 Died: United States 1986

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