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The Boxer

A work made of bronze.

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

1942

Artist:

Richmond Barthé
American, 1901–1989

About this artwork

Richmond Barthé modeled The Boxer from memory, inspired by the famed Cuban featherweight Eligio Sardinas Montalvo, better known as “Kid Chocolate”—who, Barthé said, “moved like a ballet dancer.” Barthé, an African American sculptor who studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, dedicated his artistic practice to emphasizing the expressive potential of the body’s physiognomy, pose, and movement. Here, the artist conveyed the boxer’s immense strength and agility with lyricism and grace.

Status

On View, Gallery 264

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Richmond Barthé

Title

The Boxer

Place

United States (Object made in)

Date

1942

Medium

Bronze

Inscriptions

Signed on base at rear behind proper right foot: BARTHÉ

Dimensions

47.6 × 30.9 × 17.6 cm (18 3/4 × 12 1/8 × 6 7/8 in.) (with base)

Credit Line

Simeon B. Williams Fund

Reference Number

1948.79

Extended information about this artwork

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