During the 1960s, Saar’s three daughters—Lezley, Alison, and Tracye—were simultaneously her full-time job and her models and muses. Girl Children depicts them together, with the oldest in strict profile and the middle child peeking out from behind the baby, who is front and center. Both playful and mysterious, this and related works celebrate the intimacy of family and hint at Saar’s developing interest in ancestral lineage. They also prioritize the experiences of a woman artist and mother, unrecognized by many in the art world in the 1960s.
Gallery label from Betye Saar: The Legends of Black Girl’s Window, October 21, 2019–January 4, 2020