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.
- Elizabeth Catlett
- United States
- Color linocut on cream Japanese paper
- Signed recto, lower right: "Elizabeth Catlett"; inscribed recto, lower left: "A/P Sharecropper"
- 450 × 431 mm (image); 557 × 515 mm (sheet)
- Purchased with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Hartman
- © 2019 Catlett Mora Family Trust / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY