Jane Glaubinger Curator of Prints
Elizabeth Catlett (American, 1915-2012)
color linoleum cut, Sheet - h:76.20 w:56.50 cm (h:30 w:22 3/16 inches). John L. Severance Fund 1996.289
Proud of her heritage-three of Catlett's grandparents had been slaves-the artist devoted her career to exposing persecution and commemorating the courage, endurance, and achievements of African American women. The sharecropper's worn but proud face is framed by a large straw hat, her jacket fastened by a safety pin. She embodies the suffering and strength of black women. The angularity of her features derives from West African masks, an influence Catlett purposefully evoked.