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.
- Richmond Barthé
- The Boxer
- United States (Object made in)
- 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