Skip to Content
Closed today, next open tomorrow. Closed today, next open tomorrow.

Head (Head of a Man)

A work made of limestone.

Image actions

  • A work made of limestone.

Date:

1943

Artist:

Elizabeth Catlett
American, active in Mexico, 1915–2012

About this artwork

Elizabeth Catlett made this sculpture early in her career, just after a formative period in Chicago. Its angular features and deep carvings demonstrate Catlett’s confident abstraction of the human form. She was inspired by African art, which she saw as the precursor to modernist abstraction; “After all,” she said, “abstraction was born in Africa.” Catlett continued to build on these formal qualities through sculptures, prints, and paintings, developing an expressive, modern aesthetic to depict African American subjects.

Status

On View, Gallery 264

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Elizabeth Catlett

Title

Head (Head of a Man)

Place

United States (Artist's nationality)

Date

1943

Medium

Limestone

Inscriptions

Signed: EC (incised at back edge, lower left)

Dimensions

34.3 × 24.1 × 18.4 cm (13 1/2 × 9 1/2 × 7 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Roger and J. Peter McCormick and Jane and Morris Weeden endowment funds; Arts of the Americas Discretionary Fund

Reference Number

2021.413

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share