Dec 10, 2020 - Sale 2554

Sale 2554 - Lot 22

Price Realized: $ 21,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 7,000 - $ 10,000
I have given the world my songs.

Linoleum cut printed in black and blue on thin cream wove paper, mounted on stiff wove paper, 1947. 187x127 mm; 7 3/8x5 inches, full margins. First edition (of 2). Signed, dated and numbered 3/30 in pencil, lower margin. From the I am the Negro Woman series.

This fine impression is an extremely scarce, early printing from Elizabeth Catlett's 1946-47 important series of fifteen linoleum cuts I am the Negro Woman. Catlett printed this first edition in 1947 while she was a visiting artist at the artist print collective Taller de Gráfica Popular in Mexico City. The series was exhibited in December of 1947 in her first solo exhibiton Paintings Sculpture and Prints of the Negro Woman at the Barnett-Aden Gallery in Washington, DC.

There is a later series, entitled I am the Black Woman and printed in an edition of 20 by Bob Blackburn's Printmaking Workshop, New York in 1989.