Barthe: A Life in Sculpture

Richmond Barthe (1909-1989) was the first modern African American sculptor to achieve genuine critical success.Despite being black and gay in an era racial and sexual tension, his accessible and natural style led to unprecedented levels of celebrity for an artist during the 1930s and 1940s.This lavishly illustrated volume presents an unrivalled biography of this acclaimed artist - from his childhood spent in poverty, through the height of his fame, to his emigration to Jamaica - alongside a critical analysis and interpretation of work that reveals the full extent of an extraordinary talent.