Negro es Bello II

Created by
Catlett, Elizabeth, Mexican, 1915 - 2012
1969; printed 2001
ink on rag paper
H x W: 33 7/16 x 25 7/16 in. (84.9 x 64.6 cm)
A lithographic print juxtaposing two black faces stylized as African masks framed by yellow circular emblems with a black panther in the center. The words [BLACK IS / BEAUTIFUL] are inscribed around each panther. The print appears in quadrants, with one face in three-quarter view in the top left and the other face appearing straight on in the lower left. The panther emblems appear in a grid in the top right and bottom left quadrants, with the top and bottom rows extending across the full print. In the bottom left quadrant, the far right emblem in the second row from the top is turned at a ninety degree angle from the others, to appear sideways. Below the print in the lower left corner is the print edition and date "11/100 Negro es bello II." Below the print in the lower right corner is the artist signature and date in pencil "E Catlett '69-01." The image is centered on the middle of the sheet and is bordered in white.
Place printed
Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, Latin America, North and Central America
Visual Arts
Black is Beautiful
Beauty culture
Black power
Politics (Practical)
Social reform
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© 2020 Catlett Mora Family Trust/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Permission required for use.