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Barthé, James Richmondlocked

(b Bay St Louis, MS, Jan 28, 1909; d Pasadena, CA, March 6, 1989).
  • Margaret Rose Vendryes

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African American sculptor and painter. Barthé was raised a devout Roman Catholic Creole. He was also the only African American artist of his generation to consistently portray the black male nude. Although closeted throughout his life, sensual figures such as Stevedore (1937; Hampton, VA, U. Mus.) expose his homosexuality. Barthé’s elementary education ended in ...

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