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Narratives of African American Art and Identity

Elizabeth Catlett

The Black Woman Speaks, 1970

Polychromed wood

15.75" x 7.5" x 15.25"


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The Black Woman Speaks

© Elizabeth Catlett
Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY


Considered by many to be one of the first black feminist artists, Elizabeth Catlett's body of work is a testament to her commitment to the black woman. Although she expatriated to Mexico in 1946, Catlett's work embodies the spirit of protest that fueled the black political movements of the 1970s in America. The Black Woman Speaks is a stylized head of a black female fashioned out of cedar, with a smooth finish that enhances the wood's natural grain. The large painted eyes and open mouth attest to an alert, active woman whose voice will not be contained.   A. L. C.

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