by Dr. Lori Verderame
Art of the Coal Mine
Jack Savitsky was a coal miner from northeastern Pennsylvania near the coal regions of Scranton and Wilkes Barre, PA. The anthracite region of Pennsylvania and its surroundings provided the subject matter for much of Savitsky’s work as evinced by the work above, Two Breaker Boys from 1984 of color pencil and ink on paper. He had an enviable artistic career whereby he produced works depicting laborers, farmers, and fellow coal miners. In this area of the coal mines, Savitsky’s bright colors were a welcome sight.
Savitsky’s works such as A Penny a Ride from 1984 incolor pencil and ink on paper are included in major museums including the Museum of American Folk Art and the Allentown Art Museum.
Today, there is a regional interest in his work and an affinity toward these works of art among coal miners and art collectors. Savitsky’s works command several hundred to several thousands of dollars.
Request an online appraisal of your Jack Savitsky piece from Dr. Lori.