Elizabeth Catlett

Sculptor and Graphic Artist

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She said, "my purpose is to present black people in their beauty & dignity for ourselves & others to understand & enjoy."

  • born in Washington, DC in 1915
  • best known for her black expressionistic sculptures and prints which confronted injustices against African Americans
  • lived most of her life in Mexico, where she died in 2012 at 96 years of age

She learned how to work with linoleum at a workshop in Mexico City in 1946

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Sharecropper. 1952. Linoleum cut.

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Harriet. 1975. Linoleum cut.

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I Have Special Reservations. 1946. Linoleum cut.

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Central America Says No! 1986. Linoleum cut.