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.
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.