Also Known as: Richmond Barthe
Bay St. Louis, Mississippi 1901
Pasadena, California 1989
- Washington, District of Columbia
- Jamaica, West Indies
Richmond Barthe, Peter A. Juley & Son Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum J012648
Richmond Barthe, Peter A. Juley & Son Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum J0120650
Luce Artist Quote
"I don't know any Negro, living or dead, who has done more than I have in sculpture." Barthé, quoted in Bearden and Henderson, A History of African-American Artists: From 1972 to the Present, 1993
Sculptor and painter. Barthé's forte was realistic sculptures of religious subjects, figures in African-American history, and stage and dance celebrities.
Joan Stahl American Artists in Photographic Portraits from the Peter A. Juley & Son Collection (Washington, D.C. and Mineola, New York: National Museum of American Art and Dover Publications, Inc., 1995)
Luce Artist Biography
Richmond Barthé was not discouraged when the New Orleans Art School barred him from attending because of his race. Instead he enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago, where his drawing teacher suggested he try modeling in clay. Barthé began sculpting figures that expressed his sitters' emotions through their gestures and movements. His work won him a number of solo exhibitions and awards, but he moved to Jamaica after the strain of this success grew too great. Barthé worked in all parts of the Caribbean from 1947 until 1969 and designed many of the coins that are still used in Haiti.