Betye Saar. Anticipation. 1961

Betye Saar Anticipation 1961

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One of Saar’s few early experiments with screenprinting, Anticipation depicts the artist pregnant with her third child. The seated female figure, holding flowers, recalls Western religious imagery of the Virgin Mary, but Saar captures both the joy of impending birth and the exhaustion of pregnancy. If her back is straight and her gaze serene, her body is heavy as she finds a moment of calm. Anticipation also shows Saar’s interest in exploring different textures and patterns in her printed work, from the wall she rests against to her richly colored dress.

Gallery label from October 21, 2019–January 4, 2020
composition (irreg.): 18 1/8 × 14 7/16" (46.1 × 36.7 cm); sheet: 21 11/16 × 16 15/16" (55.1 × 43.1 cm)
Betye Saar, Los Angeles
Betye Saar, Los Angeles
planned edition of 15, 13 known impressions
The Candace King Weir Endowment for Women Artists
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