And a Special Fear for My Loved Ones, from The Black Woman [formerly The Negro Woman] (published 1946-47)

A work made of linocut in black on cream wove paper.

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  • A work made of linocut in black on cream wove paper.

Date:

1947, printed 1989

Artist:

Elizabeth Catlett
American, active in Mexico, 1915-2012

About this artwork

The I Am the Black Woman series (previously called Negro Women) is composed of 15 linocuts accompanied by explanatory titles and texts. The series celebrates the courage and determination of female heroines of African American history, as well as the valor, integrity, and resolve of ordinary women. The Art Institute’s three prints from the series focus on the daily struggles of African American women. Aesthetically, the entire series is characterized by an emphasis on figural simplicity. A palpable sense of movement and a lack of excessive detail are visible throughout the series. This print, And a Special Fear for My Loved Ones, draws attention to the issue of lynching, an ever-present threat that plagued the African American community in the South.

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Artist

Elizabeth Catlett

Title

And a Special Fear for My Loved Ones, from The Black Woman [formerly The Negro Woman] (published 1946-47)

Origin

United States

Date

1947

Medium

Linocut in black on cream wove paper

Dimensions

213 x 155 mm (image); 385 x 287 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of The Leadership Advisory Committee

Reference Number

2005.142.3

Extended information about this artwork

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