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Mother and Child
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Mother and Child

Elizabeth Catlett, Mexican (born United States), 1915 - 2012

Made in United States, North and Central America

c. 1956


11 1/2 x 5 3/4 x 6 5/8 inches (29.2 x 14.6 x 16.8 cm)

© Catlett Mora Family Trust / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Curatorial Department:
Contemporary Art

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Currently not on view

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125th Anniversary Acquisition. Purchased with funds contributed by Willabell Clayton, Dr. Constance E. Clayton, and Mr. and Mrs. James B. Straw in honor of the 125th Anniversary of the Museum and in celebration of African American art, 2000

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Elizabeth Catlett moved to Mexico in 1946 and remained there until her death in 2012. Profoundly influenced by the political idealism and social-realist aesthetic of Mexican artists such as David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896–1974) and her close friend Frida Kahlo (1907–1954), Catlett developed a personal vocabulary that emphasized human rights and the dignity and strength of women of color. She created Mother and Child while working at the famous Taller de Gráfica Popular, a printmaking collective that worked to better the social conditions of the working classes, the poor, and the dispossessed.