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ELIZABETH CATLETT (1915-2012) African-American print lithograph art

ELIZABETH CATLETT (1915-2012) African-American print lithograph art

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Impressive large lithograph, pencil signed at lower right by the artist, titled at lower left "Lovey Twice" and numbered there 9/50, 19" by 26 3/4" sheet, by the famous African-American woman artist, ELIZABETH CATLETT (1915-2012). Catlett of course is one of the giants of African-American art, her works in sculpture, painting and printmaking bringing well into six figures at major auctions. Born in Washington, DC, she graduated from Howard University in 1935, before going on to the University of Iowa, studying sculpture there, mentored by Grant Wood, who exhorted her to deal in her art with subjects with which she was most familiar through her life experience. This advice she evidently took to heart as her oeuvre is filled with imagery of working people, laborers, and peasants in Mexico. Catlett at various times studied with or was influenced by such figures as Lois Mailou Jones, Samella Lewis, James Lesnesne Wells, James Herring, and James Porter; she was married to black American artist Charles White in the early 1940's. Later in life she retired from teaching and spent her time in Cuernavaca, Mexico, passing away in her late 90's after a very rich and fulfilling life. This print is in excellent clean condition; there are scratches on the Plexi and suggestions of soiling, but again they are just on the Plexi and not the work itself. Allow for reflections in a few images. Paper is a creamy white, with some light vertical rippling noted. An outstanding print.