Meet the First Woman Sculptor of African-American and Native American Heritage to Achieve International Fame

EDMONIA LEWIS [Image courtesy of Wikipedia]

Also known as, Wildfire

FROM THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM:

Edmonia Lewis, the first professional African-American sculptor, was born in Ohio or New York in 1843 or 1845. Her father was a free African-American and her mother a Chippewa Indian. Orphaned before she was five, Lewis lived with her mother’s nomadic tribe until she was twelve years old… An American sculptor who made her career in Italy, [she] brought a new, naturalistic approach to the neoclassical tradition. Her works were infused with both personal relevance and timely human rights issues. At the height of her fame in the late 1860s and 1870s, she captivated both Europeans and Americans. Her sculptures were exhibited from Boston to Chicago to San Francisco as well as in her studio in Rome…

 
Edmonia’s GOOGLE DOODLE:

POSTED ON GOOGLE.COM FEBRUARY 1, 2017

 

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