. . . In the Fields, from “The Negro Woman” series

Elizabeth Catlett American and Mexican

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Many artists who sought social justice turned to printmaking as an effective means of informing the public and promoting change. Catlett studied printmaking in Mexico City, where the great public murals by artists such as Diego Rivera impressed upon her art’s powerful social function. Here, a woman toiling amid crops suggests both the enslaved laborers of the past and the plight of contemporary migrant farm workers. The print is one in a set of fifteen entitled The Negro Woman that Catlett created as a chronicle of the oppression, resistance, and survival of African American women.

. . . In the Fields, from “The Negro Woman” series, Elizabeth Catlett (American and Mexican, Washington, D.C. 1915–2012 Cuernavaca), Linocut

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