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Elizabeth Catlett
SINGING THEIR SONGS Signed Lithograph, Graphic Portraits, Black Culture

1992

About the Item

SINGING THEIR SONGS is a hand drawn limited edition lithograph printed using traditional hand lithography methods on archival Arches paper, 100% acid free created by the highly acclaimed African-American woman artist Elizabeth Catlett, master printmaker and sculptor best known for her depictions of the African-American experience. SINGING THEIR SONGS features a four graphic portraits depicting: 1) the singing head of a black woman, 2) a black woman dressed in brown floral calico kneeling in prayer, 3) two small linocut African male heads printed in brown on a deep turquoise Japanese rice paper background, and 4) a singing head of a young boy in a green and white check shirt. The composition's vibrant color combination of deep turquoise, bright coral red orange, dark brown, green, white and neutral gray create a striking graphic image by Elizabeth Catlett. SINGING THEIR SONGS is from the FOR MY PEOPLE suite of prints, a set of 6 lithographs illustrating the well known 1942 poem by Margaret Walker. Corresponding stanza for SINGING THEIR SONGS from the poem FOR MY PEOPLE by Margaret Walker: "For my people everywhere singing their slave songs repeatedly: their dirges and their ditties and their blues and jubilees, praying their prayers nightly to an unknown god, bending their knees humbly to an unseen power;" Print size 23” x 19”, unframed, excellent condition, pencil signed by Elizabeth Catlett, Inscribed P P (Printers Proof) aside from the edition of 99 Edition size - 99, plus proofs Printer - J.K. Fine Art Editions Co. , New Jersey Publisher - The Limited Editions Club, NY Year published - 1992 Acclaimed for her figurative sculpture and printmaking, Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012) has been one of the most prominent black artists of the last 50 years. Known for her technical accomplishment, Catlett specialized in realistic art that showed her concern for preserving black cultural traditions, especially as represented in the lives of everyday, working-class people.
  • Creator:
    Elizabeth Catlett (1915 - 2012, American)
  • Creation Year:
    1992
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 23 in (58.42 cm)Width: 19 in (48.26 cm)
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  • Condition:
    Excellent condition, unframed, hand signed in pencil, dated and inscribed P.P.(Printers Proof) aside from edition of 99, printers chop mark embossed on lower corner, from the master printers private collection, print documentation/COA provided.
  • Gallery Location:
    Union City, NJ
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU832311057812
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