The Boxer

A work made of bronze.

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Date:

1942

Artist:

Richmond Barthé
American, 1901–1989

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.

On View

American Art, Gallery 263

Artist

Richmond Barthé

Title

The Boxer

Origin

United States

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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