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Sharecropper

Artist
Elizabeth Catlett, American (active México), 1915–2012
Publisher
Taller de Gráfica Popular, Mexico City, Mexico, founded 1937
Date
1952, printed 1970
Material
Color linocut
Made in
Mexico City, Distrito Federál, México, North and Central America
Classification
Prints
Current Location
On View, Gallery 334
Dimensions
21 7/16 x 20 3/16 in. (54.4 x 51.3 cm)
Credit Line
The Sidney S. and Sadie Cohen Print Purchase Fund
Rights
© 2020 Catlett Mora Family Trust / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Object Number
4:2008
NOTES
"Sharecropper" reveals Elizabeth Catlett’s lifelong concern for the marginalized and the dignity of women. Vivid markings create this anonymous woman’s weathered skin, textured white hair, and broad-brimmed straw hat. Fatigue is evident in her eyes, and a makeshift safety pin holds her lightweight jacket closed. She represents the many sharecroppers who rented land in an agricultural system that Catlett felt kept thousands of African Americans in a cycle of poverty. By focusing on the enduring strength of poor laborers, Catlett hoped to “find a voice to speak for people who do not have one.” In 1946, Catlett moved to Mexico City, Mexico. There, she worked with the People’s Graphic Workshop, a printmaking collective dedicated to using art to promote social change.
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