Elizabeth Catlett


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In the Image of the People

Melanie Anne Herzog


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Painter, sculptor, and printmaker Elizabeth Catlett (b. 1915) played an influential role in America's African American and Mexico's revolutionary art communities in the mid-twentieth century.  Catlett studied at the University of Iowa (where she briefly worked with Grant Wood), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Art Students League in New York before moving to Mexico in 1947.
Focusing on Catlett’s evocative Negro Woman series from 1946–47, this book reveals Catlett’s commitment to social and political issues. All of the fifteen linoleum prints are beautifully reproduced and together address the harsh reality of black women’s labor; renowned historical heroines such as Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Phillis Wheatley; and the fears, struggles, and achievements of ordinary African American women. Other notable works by Catlett are also included, and an absorbing essay by distinguished scholar Melanie Anne Herzog analyzes the artist’s powerful work from a biographical perspective.

Distributed for the Art Institute of Chicago

Exhibition Schedule:

The Art Institute of Chicago (November 13, 2005 – February 5, 2006)

Melanie Anne Herzog is Professor of Art History and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, and author of Elizabeth Catlett: An American Artist in Mexico.


The Art Institute of Chicago (November 13, 2005 – February 5, 2006)

ISBN: 9780300116120
Publication Date: February 7, 2006
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Art Institute of Chicago
40 pages, 9 1/2 x 8 5/8
22 b/w + 4 color illus.