About this artwork
An African American sculptor who studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Richmond Barthé created compelling works that emphasize the expressive potential of the body’s physiognomy, pose, and movement. Barthé modeled The Boxer from memory, inspired by the famed Cuban featherweight “Kid Chocolate” of the 1930s. The muscular, yet lean and attenuated figure rests lightly on the balls of his feet, with his head tucked down and arm raised. The artist later recalled that the boxer “moved like a ballet dancer,” and this sculpture conveys the immense strength and surprising delicacy of that movement with lyricism and grace.
- Richmond Barthé
- The Boxer
- United States
- Signed on base at rear behind proper right foot: BARTHÉ
- 47.6 × 30.9 × 17.6 cm (18 3/4 × 12 1/8 × 6 7/8 in.) (with base)
- Simeon B. Williams Fund