Color linoleum cut
Sheet: 76.2 x 56.5 cm (30 x 22 1/4 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1996.289
© Catlett Mora Family Trust / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
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.
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