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Important "Acrobat" Counter-Relief of Male Nude by Richmond Barthé

$12,500

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This highly important and unique intaglio or counter-relief panel by Richmond Barthé is a wall sculpture that also served as the original carved relief for castings of the "Acrobat" (one of which is available from us). This piece retains its original label, signed by Barthé, indicating its importance as the original sculpture mold. Without doubt America's finest Black sculptor working in the 1930s-1950s, 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. The artist added a patina to the nude figure and worked with layers of paints and glazes in the background to give the blue tone a deep, rich three-dimensionality.

Details

  • Creator
    Richmond Barthé (Sculptor)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 9.75 in. (24.77 cm)Diameter: 0.63 in. (1.61 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1940s
  • Condition
    Minor losses. Small losses to painted finish on lower portion.
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU8651954750

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    Ships From: Philadelphia, PA
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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