...and a special fear for my loved ones
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'... and a special fear for my loved ones', linoleum cut, 1946-47, edition 20. Signed, dated ‘46, titled, and numbered '13/25' in pencil. A superb, richly-inked impression, on heavy, cream wove paper, with full margins (2 1/2 to 4 inches), in excellent condition. Scarce.
From the 1989 series of 14 linoleum cuts printed at Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop and entitled 'I am the Black Woman'. Although the artist’s edition number is indicated as 25 on this impression, the edition of record is 20.
In 1946, Catlett went to Mexico City to make prints at the Taller de Gráfica Popular (People's Graphic Arts Workshop) and to study sculpture. Produced at the workshop, her 'I am the Negro Woman' series of fifteen linocuts (later retitled 'I am the Black Woman') is an epic commemoration of the historic oppression, resistance, and survival of African-American women. The 'Negro Woman' was revolutionary for its time as a narrative of previously unrepresented history, resistance, endurance, and hope. —Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts
Catlett is acclaimed both for her technical brilliance and the emotional impact of her work. Proud of her African American heritage Catlett made compassionate, heroic images of ordinary people. Her work reflects her shared pride, grief, joy, and outrage of the human condition for both African Americans and Mexicans. Catlett stated, "I stress simultaneous identification with Mexican and African American concerns." —Hampton University Museum
Exhibited: National Humanities Center, Elizabeth Catlett: In the Image of the People, 2007.
Collections: Art Institute of Chicago, Depaul Art Museum, Miami-Dade Public Library, National Gallery of Art, NCSU Libraries, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Smithsonian (National Museum of African American History and Culture), Whitney Museum of American Art (1989 impression), University of Iowa Museum of Art (1989 impression).