To catch a unicorn

Betye Saar’s To Catch a Unicorn was painted with a deliberate nod to both mysticism and mythology. As I layout in my forthcoming book, On The Reality, Mythology, and Fantasies of Unicorns, (Dragowell Publishing later in 2021) the unicorn is very closely associated in mythology with the moon, as well as with trees. These associations go all the way back to ancient Sumer, where the unicorn is associated with both the grove near the entrance to the underworld and with the two daughters of the moon.

Saar paints herself as the strong and confident woman whose captivating presence has drawn a unicorn to her side. This delightful print is part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

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