Jun 10, 2014 - Sale 2353

Sale 2353 - Lot 144

Price Realized: $ 93,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 60,000 - $ 90,000
Reclined Figure.

Black marble, mounted on a stained wood base, 2005. 913x381x292 mm; 32x15x11 1/2 inches (not including the base.) Incised "EC" initials, lower right side.

Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; private collection, Mexico.

Reclined Figure embodies Catlett's extensive late body of work in this beautiful and highly polished black marble. Her later figures are more simplified and abstract, yet have distincitvely strong form and poses. As in her black marble Seated Woman, 1994, Reclined Figure haa an unusual seated pose, one that conveys the sense of a modern woman. There is a relaxed confidence to the upward gesture of the head, and an abstracted simplicity in the hair and hem of a skirt

In 2002, Catlett made a 14 inch bronze version of this figure, with the title of Mahalia - an apparent reference to the legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.