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Richmond Barthe

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Exhibition
20th Century Americans: 1930-1960
On View
NPG, South Gallery 321
Date
1946
Object number
NPG.67.77
Exhibition Label
Born Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
By 1946, sculptor Richmond Barthé was very well-known in New York City. Reyneau depicted him in his studio with a figure of Jesus Christ titled Come Unto Me. When he completed the work in 1947, Barthé donated it to St. Jude’s Church in Montgomery, Alabama.
Nacido en Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
En 1946, el escultor Richmond Barthé era muy conocido en la ciudad de New York. Reyneau lo pintó en su estudio, junto a una imagen de Cristo titulada Come Unto Me (Venid a Mí). Cuando terminó la escultura en 1947, Barthé la donó a la iglesia St. Jude en Montgomery, Alabama.
Provenance
Harmon Foundation; gift 1967 to NPG.
Collection Description
The Harmon Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in New York City (active 1922–1967), included this portrait in their exhibition Portraits of Outstanding Americans of Negro Origin, which opened at the Smithsonian in 1944 and documented noteworthy African Americans’ contributions to the country. Modeling their goal of social equality, the Harmon sought portraits from African American artist Laura Wheeler Waring and Euro-American artist Betsy Graves Reyneau. The two painters followed the conventional codes of academic portraiture, seeking to convey their sitters’ extraordinary accomplishments. This painting, along with a variety of educational materials, toured nation-wide for ten years, serving as a visual rebuttal to racism.
La Harmon Foundation, entidad filantrópica con sede en la ciudad de Nueva York (activa entre 1922 y 1967), incluyó este retrato en Portraits of Outstanding Americans of Negro Origin (Retratos de estadounidenses destacados de origen negro), una exposición inaugurada en la Smithsonian en 1944 que documentó las aportaciones de afroamericanos notables al país. A tono con sus ideales de igualdad social, la fundación encargó retratos a la artista afroamericana Laura Wheeler Waring y a la euroamericana Betsy Graves Reyneau. Ambas adoptaron los códigos convencionales del retrato académico para comunicar en sus obras los logros extraordinarios de sus modelos. Esta pintura, junto con diversos materiales educativos, viajó por la nación durante diez años planteando una impugnación visual del racismo.
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Harmon Foundation
Artist
Betsy Graves Reyneau, 1888 - 1964
Sitter
Richmond Barthé, 28 Jan 1901 - 6 Mar 1989
Topic
Interior
Artist's Effects
Artwork\Sculpture\Statue
Richmond Barthé: Male
Richmond Barthé: Visual Arts\Artist\Sculptor
Portrait
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Frame: 170.5 × 99.4 × 5.4cm (67 1/8 × 39 1/8 × 2 1/8")
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© Peter Edward Fayard
Type
Painting
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm48280ee96-666e-44ec-baec-7378561ebc48
Record ID
npg_NPG.67.77

Richmond Barthe

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