Elizabeth CATLETT

Born in 1912, a granddaughter of freed slaves and daughter of educators in Washington DC, Elizabeth Catlett is widely revered for her visionary, ground-breaking career. After graduating cum laude from Howard University, Catlett studied drawing and painting with Grant Wood and sculpture with Harry Edward Stinson at the University of Iowa. Despite the significant obstacles of racial segregation in Iowa, she became the first African-American woman to receive the Masters in Fine Arts degree, graduating in 1940.
In 1946, Catlett and her first husband, fellow artist Charles White, traveled to Mexico on a Rosenwald Fund Fellowship. Mexico would become the artist's home for the rest of her long life, most notably working at Mexico City's Taller de Gráfica Popular, a progressive printmaking collective. She also met and married muralist Francisco Mora, with whom she had three children. Catlett never left printmaking, but in the 1950s, she shifted primarily to creating sculpture, studying with Francisco Zúñiga. At this time, she also met Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and David Alfaro Siqueiros.
The 1960s and 1970s brought fame and widespread recognition to Catlett in the United States, which continues to grow to this day. She passed peacefully in 2012 at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
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CATLETT, Elizabeth

Woodcut printed in black and white and in color linocut on wove paper. Created in 1975. Printed in 2003. Published by The Print Club of Cleveland f...

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