Mar 4, 2008

Magic People

Magic People


Elizabeth Catlett

(American, 1915–2012)

Color linoleum cut

Sheet: 37.4 x 35.7 cm (14 3/4 x 14 1/16 in.); Image: 25.7 x 24.4 cm (10 1/8 x 9 5/8 in.)

Gift of the Artist 2002.64



A mother of three sons, a grandmother, and a lifelong teacher, Elizabeth Catlett has always been involved with young people. She made Magic People for the Museum Ambassadors, a group of Cleveland-area high-school students who are exposed to the museum environment to encourage an ongoing relationship with the arts in their communities. Catlett has been working for six decades as a printmaker and sculptor. She produces compassionate, heroic images of ordinary people, rendered in a style of simplified realism, which celebrate her African American identity as well as her adopted Mexican homeland. Catlett went to Mexico in 1946 to work at the printmaking workshop Taller de Gráfica Popular (People's Art Workshop). While there, she met her husband, artist Francisco Mora.

See also
PR - Linocut
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Gift of the Artist

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