Richmond Barthe

 (1901 - 1989)
Richmond Barthe was active/lived in New York, California, Mississippi / Jamaica.  Richmond Barthe is known for expresssionist monument and figure sculpture.
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Art for Sale Details
Richmond Barthe

Title:  Acrobat
Category:  Sculpture
Medium:  Plaster
Signature:  Lower Right
Size:  9.88" x 9.88" x 0.75"
Style:  Figuration
Subject:  Figure/Portrait/Genre/Nude
Created:  Circa 1940s
Ad#:  AAIG190278
Seller's Notes/Description:  Without doubt America's finest Black sculptor working in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, Richmond Barthé created an extraordinarily important body of work, with a clear, abiding focus on portraits and the male figure. Although he was a part of the Harlem Renaissance and had many important friends and clients -- including Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, Carl Van Vechten, Lincoln Kirstein, Paul Cadmus, and Jared French -- his open homosexuality made it difficult for him to retain the prosperity and celebrity he might have otherwise achieved. This important bas relief shows a nude acrobat, in mid-somersault, shown on a richly-textured ground of blue and green. The artist added a patina to the nude figure and worked with layers of paints and glazes in the background to create the sense that the man is floating in the sky or sea.
Price:  $7,500
(215) 463-7575

P.O. Box 41928
Philadelphia, PA  19104

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