IV

Narratives of African American Art and Identity

Elizabeth Catlett

Sharecropper, 1968

Linocut on paper

17.5" x 16.5"


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Sharecropper

© Elizabeth Catlett
Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY


Elizabeth Catlett's intimate portrayal of an elderly black female sharecropper is perhaps the most recognizable example of her commitment to the working woman, a theme that is reiterated throughout her print work. Sharecropper embodies the struggles and the dignities of black womanhood and additionally demonstrates her interest in combining politics and art, an ethic that was furthered by her work at the Taller de Gráfica Popular in Mexico, where many of her prints were produced. Throughout her career as an artist, Catlett has given expression to the plight of the working-class woman of color both in Mexico and the United States and has used her art as a political tool to articulate the struggles of oppressed peoples.  A. L. C.

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