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I am the Negro Women I am the Black Woman series- - 1946-47, 1989

In 1946, Elizabeth Catlett, who had long admired the work of the Mexican muralists, received a a Julius Rosenwald Foundation Grant which enabled her to travel to Mexico City. There she found an artistic home at the printmaking collective Taller de Gráphica Popular. Inspired by the political, primarily leftist art being produced there, she created her pivotal series of 15 linocuts I am the Negro Woman. In this series Catlett honors the heroines of African-American history and celebrates the courage and perseverance of ordinary black women. Through her first-person titling of these works she identifies directly in the larger African-American struggle while inviting the viewer to a shared experience of compassion.

As many of the original impressions from the Taller de Gráfica Popular did not survive, in 1989, Catlett reprinted the series in an edition of 20, revising the title to reflect the changes in language and politics of the era. The matrix from her original series, I have studied in ever increasing numbers, did not survive; the 1989 edition includes the other 14 subjects.

 

I am the Black Woman (from the series I am the Negro Women)- -1946-47, color linoleum cut.

Edition 20, from the 1989 series of 14 linoleum cuts printed at Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop and entitled I am the Black Woman.

Signed, dated ‘46, titled, and numbered 18/20 in pencil.

Image size 5 1/8 x 3 15/16 inches (130 x 100 mm); sheet size 8 x 10 inches (203 x 254 mm).

A fine, rich impression, on heavy cream wove paper, with full margins (2 to 3 inches), in excellent condition. Scarce.

Exhibited: National Humanities Center, Elizabeth Catlett: In the Image of the People, 2007.

Collections: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1947 impression), Whitney Museum of American Art (1989 impression), University of Iowa Museum of Art (1989 impression).

$4500.

I am series, Portrait, Black Woman, African American, Slavery, modernisn, dignity

I’m Harriet Tubman I helped hundreds to freedom (from the series I am the Negro Women) - 1946, linoleum cut.

Edition 20, from the 1989 series of 14 linoleum cuts printed at Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop and entitled I am the Black Woman.

Signed, dated ‘46 titled, and numbered 18/20 in pencil.

Image size 9 1/8 x 7 inches (232 x 178 mm); sheet size 15 x 11 1/4 inches (381 x 286 mm).

A fine, rich impression, on heavy cream wove paper, with full margins (2 to 3 inches), in excellent condition. Scarce.

Exhibited: National Humanities Center, Elizabeth Catlett: In the Image of the People, 2007.

Collections: Whitney Museum of American Art (1989 impression), University of Iowa Museum of Art (1989 impression).

$4200.

African American Woman, Negro Woman, I am series, Slavery, Underground Railroad, Freedom

My right is a future of equality with other Americans (from the series I am the Negro Women) --1947, linoleum cut.

Edition 20, from the 1989 series of 14 linoleum cuts printed at Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop and entitled I am the Black Woman.

Signed, dated ‘47, titled, and numbered 18/20 in pencil.

Image size 9 1/4 x 6 inches (235 x 152 mm); sheet size 15 x 11 1/8 inches (381 x 283 mm).

A fine, evenly printed impression, with fresh, strong colors, on heavy cream wove paper, with full margins (2 1/2 to 3 inches), in excellent condition. Scarce.

Exhibited: National Humanities Center, Elizabeth Catlett: In the Image of the People, 2007.

Collections: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1947 impression), Whitney Museum of American Art (1989 impression), University of Iowa Museum of Art (1989 impression).

$5000.

African American Woman, Negro Woman, I am series, Slavery

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