I have given the world my songs

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2 images
Created by
Catlett, Elizabeth, American and Mexican, 1915 - 2012
Subject of
Unidentified Woman or Women
Medium
ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
H x W (image with title): 8 1/8 × 5 1/16 in. (20.6 × 12.8 cm)
H x W (image): 7 1/2 × 5 1/16 in. (19 × 12.8 cm)
H x W (sheet): 13 1/2 × 9 9/16 in. (34.3 × 24.3 cm)
Type
linocuts
Place made
Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America, North and Central America
Date
1946-1947; printed 1989
Description
This color linocut depicts a woman playing a guitar. Wearing a knee-length dress, she is seated on a square four legged stool. Her sleeves are rolled up to her elbows and she rests the guitar on her lap. In the background is a small vignette, done in bright blue tones that depict a man in a hood attacking another man. Below them is a large burning cross. There is a handwritten title below the image in pencil. It is signed by the artist on the bottom right. The back is blank.
Topic
African American
Art
Identity
Music
Musicians
Resistance
Violence
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Winifred Hervey
Object number
2017.21.5
Restrictions & Rights
© Elizabeth Catlett/Licensed by Visual Artists & Galleries Association, Inc (VAGA), New York, NY. Permission required for use.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Portfolio/Series
The Black Woman (formerly the Negro Woman)
Classification
Visual Arts
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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