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Richmond Barthe

Richmond Barthé's, raised in New Orleans, was a significant figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Much of Barthé's most celebrated sculptures are representations of the nude black male body.

Richmond Barthe

Courtesy of The Art Institute of Chicago Digital Libraries.

Richmond Barthé's bronze sculpture "The Boxer," created in 1942, measures 19 x 12 x 7 inches, including the artist-signed base.

A leading African-American figure of the Harlem Renaissance, Richmond Barthé created chillingly beautiful works found today in renowned collections and public works such as the Toussaint L’Ouverture Monument in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and a sculpture of Rose McClendon for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater House. He moved to New York City from New Orleans and by 1934 had earned international recognition and two Guggenheim Fellowships. Harlem’s violence prompted Barthé in 1947 to move to Jamaica.