Elizabeth Catlett | the artist
Born 1915, Washington, D.C., USA.
Died April 2 2012, Mexico City, Mexico.
Original artworks, prints, exhibition posters, monographs, books, collectibles.
Elizabeth Catlett was born in 1915 in Washington, D.C. Three of Catlett’s grandparents had been slaves. Proud of her heritage, she identifies with the struggles of the exploited and the fight for freedom and equality. Catlett’s art compassionately depicts the realities of poverty, the exhaustion of workers, and the concerns of mothers for their children. In 1961, Elizabeth Catlett affirmed her position as a leader and elder statesperson for African American artists and activities during the tumultuous years of the modern Civil Rights movement when she challenged her friends and colleagues at the National Conference of Artists to create art “for liberation and for life.”