Elizabeth Catlett

Women in the Visual Arts Perspective 2330A
Elizabeth Catlett is a famous African American artist. Catlett was born in 1919 in Washington D.C. Her grandparents were former slaves. Catlett’s grandparents were freed from slavery, and after they were freed they decided that they wanted better lives for their children which were Catlett’s parents. Catlett created art works that related to her struggle of being an African American woman. Catlett would not separate her work from her African American heritage. Catlett would not separate her art work from the people. She felt that she could express the struggles of her people through her art work. Catlett faced many struggles because of her ethnic background. She faced many problems when she was younger and pursuing her career as an artist. Catlett faced two major problems she was a woman, and the other problem she faced was being African American. Catlett was an instructor, graphic artist, and a teacher. She has many works of art she has completed including: Sharecropper it was made from wood completed in 1970, Pensive made of bronze completed in 1946, Negro Es Bello made from lithograph completed in 1968, Malcolm Speaks To Us made from linocut completed in 1969, Singing Head made of marble completed in 1970, Elvira made from terra cota completed in 1997, and Homage To My Young Black Sisters made from cedar wood completed in 1968 e.t.c. Catlett had a famous work Mother And Child that won the American Negro Exhibition in Chicago in 1940. Catlett plays a very important part of women roles in visual arts history.
Catlett came from parents that were very talented. Her father was a very intelligent man. Her father was a professor of mathematics, a musician, composer, and a sculptor. Catlett’s father taught Booker T. Washington. Catlett followed in the foot steps of her father, she became a teacher. She was a teacher in Durham, North Carolina.

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