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Let’s Look

  • What could this be? Is this a man or a woman? Why?
  • What adjectives come to your mind when you look at this person?
  • Look for different patterns and textures (hat, hair, coat, shirt, background, face).
  • Find the highlights (white areas that indicate reflected light) on her face (cheekbone, nose, lower lip, left chin). Which areas are in shadow?
  • What tools and techniques did Elizabeth Catlett use to make this picture?
  • How would adding color change its meaning and mood?
  • Imagine what might be beyond the picture’s edges. Where is the sharecropper? Is she alone or with others? What could she be doing and thinking?

Sharecropper, 1952
Elizabeth Catlett, American
Block: 17 13/16 x 16 3/4 inches (45.2 x 42.5 cm) Sheet: 22 1/8 x 19 inches (56.2 x 48.3 cm)
Purchased with the Alice Newton Osborn Fund, 1999
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Who Am I?

Imagine that you are this sharecropper. Write an autobiography below. Then tell how you feel about the way the artists represented you.

My name is:

I am __ years old.

I work as:

My family is:

I’m thinking about:

I wish the artist had:

I like the way the artist:


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