Betye Saar: The Legends of Black Girl's Window

Betye Saar. House of Tarot. 1966 235

Etching with relief printing and relief-printed and embossed found objects, plate: 17 11/16 × 23 3/4" (45 × 60.4 cm); sheet: 19 15/16 × 27 9/16" (50.6 × 70 cm). Acquired through the generosity of The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art in honor of Marquita Pool-Eckert

Betye Saar: I have always been interested in mysticism - I think as a child I was really fond of fairy tales, and I've always had a really vivid imagination, which really works for me now that I'm an artist.

This etching is called House of Tarot, where I've laid out the tarot cards. Some are actual tarot cards - the Twins then, the dogs, canine. And then some of them I invented - the Moon and the Sun and the stars were an invention. The one of wands - that's a legitimate tarot card sign; La Lune, the Moon.

I was very interested in the unknown, in the mysterious, and in magic.

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