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Sharecropper

Print rendered in visible uniform lines of a 2/3 bust view of a dark-skinned mature woman looking to her left in a wide brim hat, a safety pin securing her black jacket. Her face and neck is a rich brown hue, while the rest of the portrait is rendered in black and white.
© 2019 Catlett Mora Family Trust / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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  • Print rendered in visible uniform lines of a 2/3 bust view of a dark-skinned mature woman looking to her left in a wide brim hat, a safety pin securing her black jacket. Her face and neck is a rich brown hue, while the rest of the portrait is rendered in black and white.

Date:

1952, printed 1970

Artist:

Elizabeth Catlett
American, active in Mexico, 1915-2012

About this artwork

Elizabeth Catlett’s Sharecropper, possibly her most famous work, was made in Mexico, where she moved in 1946 to work at the Taller de Gráfica Popular (People’s Graphic Arts Workshop). She was influenced by the spirit of activism at the workshop, which inspired her to produce images of the hardships endured by African American women, as well as the accomplishments of figures such as Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman. Sharecropper, like many of her other works, shows Catlett’s activism on behalf of African American women in the South, who she believed maintained their dignity in the face of great adversity.

Status

On View, Gallery 263

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Elizabeth Catlett

Title

Sharecropper

Origin

United States

Date

1952

Medium

Color linocut on cream Japanese paper

Inscriptions

Signed recto, lower right: "Elizabeth Catlett"; inscribed recto, lower left: "A/P Sharecropper"

Dimensions

450 × 431 mm (image); 557 × 515 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Hartman

Reference Number

1992.182

Copyright

© 2019 Catlett Mora Family Trust / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Extended information about this artwork

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