Elizabeth Catlett, ‘Pensive’, 1946, Sculpture, Cast bronze, with a dark brown patina, mounted on a wooden base, Swann Auction Galleries
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Elizabeth Catlett

Lot 38

Pensive, 1946

Cast bronze, with a dark brown patina, mounted on a wooden base
17 × 10 1/2 × 8 1/2 in
43.2 × 26.7 × 21.6 cm
Swann Auction Galleries
Estimated value: $50,000–$75,000
Starting bid
$38,000

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430x260x216 mm; 17x10½x8½ inches, not including the base.

Proof, aside from the numbered edition of …

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Elizabeth Catlett
Mexican-American, 1915–2012
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“I have always wanted my art to service my people—to reflect us, to relate to us, to stimulate us, to make us aware of our potential,” Elizabeth Catlett has said. Celebrated for her prints and sculptures, Catlett employed formal devices that expressed her civic and social interests, particularly the Civil Rights movement. The artist divided her time between Mexico and the United States, a lifestyle that informed not only her politics but also her approach to form and printmaking. In her sculptures, Catlett channeled a Modernist sensibility, molding curvaceous figures that engaged with abstraction and echoed the civil rights struggles in which she participated; her prints and paintings, including her iconic work The Sharecropper (1952), conveyed her concerns in sympathetically rendered figurative expressions.

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430x260x216 mm; 17x10½x8½ inches, not including the base.

Proof, aside from the numbered edition of 10, cast beginning in 1967. Incised "E.C." and "46", lower right verso.

Provenance: collection of the artist, Cuernavaca, Mexico; acquired directly from the artist at the Eleventh Annual Artists’ …

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Elizabeth Catlett
Mexican-American, 1915–2012
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“I have always wanted my art to service my people—to reflect us, to relate to us, to stimulate us, to make us aware of our potential,” Elizabeth Catlett has said. Celebrated for her prints and sculptures, Catlett employed formal devices that expressed her civic and social interests, particularly the Civil Rights movement. The artist divided her time between Mexico and the United States, a lifestyle that informed not only her politics but also her approach to form and printmaking. In her sculptures, Catlett channeled a Modernist sensibility, molding curvaceous figures that engaged with abstraction and echoed the civil rights struggles in which she participated; her prints and paintings, including her iconic work The Sharecropper (1952), conveyed her concerns in sympathetically rendered figurative expressions.

Elizabeth Catlett

Lot 38

Pensive, 1946

Cast bronze, with a dark brown patina, mounted on a wooden base
17 × 10 1/2 × 8 1/2 in
43.2 × 26.7 × 21.6 cm
Swann Auction Galleries
Estimated value: $50,000–$75,000
Starting bid
$38,000

This auction has a buyer's premium.
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03d  09h  54m  48s
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