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  • 1. Catletts attraction to Mexicanprintmaking reflects a socialand political concern sheshares with the great muralists.Like them she uses her art toadvance causes of particularinterest to her, including theAfrican-American experienceand the plight of the lowerclasses. Many of her printsshow the multidimensionalaspects of women as mothers,workers, and activists. Mother and Child 1944 Elizabeth Catlett Lithograph Sheet: 12 3/8 x 9 3/8 in. image: 7 3/4 x 5 3/4 in. ( Gift of Reba and Dave Williams, 1999
  • 2. Sharecropper linocut450 x 431 mm (block); 544 x 513 mm (sheet) Restricted gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Hartman, Sharecropper evokes Catletts belief in the strength and dignity of the working poor, while it also offers a heroic portrait of this anonymous woman.
  • 3. Elizabeth Catlett has said that the purpose of her artis to "present black people in their beauty anddignity for ourselves and others to understand andenjoy." As a sculptor and printmaker, she blendsfigurative and abstract traditions with socialconcerns, and has maintained a deep belief in thedemocratic power of printed art to reach a largeaudience. She has completed some eighty prints inwoodcut, screenprint, lithography, and, mostimportantly, linoleum cut, a technique she learned atEl Taller de Gráfica Popular (Peoples GraphicWorkshop).
  • 4. She also depicts great women from African-American history, including Harriet Tubman, who is shown here leading slaves to freedom as a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad.Harriet1975. Linoleum cut, composition: 12 7/16 x 101/8" (31.6 x 25.7 cm); sheet: 18 5/16 x 15 1/16"
  • 5. Newspaper Vendor(Study for the lithograph,"Vendedora De Periodicos"),1955pencil on paperArkansas Arts CenterFoundation Purchase
  • 6. ...and a special fear for my loved ones 1946 Woodcut 6 3/4 x 9 1/4 in.
  • 7. Man 1975 (printed 2003)woodcut and color linocut 25 15/16” x 17 13/16”
  • 8. In Sojourner Truth I fought for the rights of women as well as Negros 1947 Linoleum print 8 3/4 x 6 in. Collection of DePaul University, Art Endowment Fund
  • 9. Portrait of a Woman (Cabeza de Negra), c. 1948Print, Lithograph on cream wove paper Image: 22 1/4 x 17 1/8 in. Sheet: 27 3/8 x 18 1/2 in) Harvard Art Museums/FoggMuseum, Margaret Fisher Fund,
  • 10. "I Have Special Homes" (The Negro Woman Series), 1946 Woodcut on wove paper, 5 1/16" x 4"
  • 11. "In Harriett Tubman, I Helped Hundreds toFreedom" (The Negro Woman Series),1946, Woodcut on wove paper, 5 1/16" x 4"