Gamin

  • Augusta Savage, Gamin, ca. 1929, painted plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Benjamin and Olya Margolin, 1988.57

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Augusta Savage created Gamin early in her career, and the small sculpture won her a scholarship to travel to Europe. Some sources suggest that the sculpture was inspired by a homeless boy on the street; others indicate it may have been based on the artist’s nephew, Ellis Ford. The French word gamin means “street urchin,” and the figure’s wrinkled shirt and cap emphasize his impoverished appearance. The child’s expression appears much wiser than his years, suggesting he has seen much hardship. The title may reflect how Savage herself felt as a young artist in Europe, struggling to make ends meet even after achieving success in the Paris Salons.

Title
Gamin
Artist
Date
ca. 1929
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
9 x 5 3/4 x 4 3/8 in. (22.9 x 14.7 x 11.2 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Benjamin and Olya Margolin

Mediums
Mediums Description
painted plaster
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Ethnic – African-American
  • Figure male – child – bust
Object Number
1988.57
Palette
Emoji
Research Notes
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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