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Richmond Barthé (1901-1989)
Richmond Barthé (1901-1989)
Richmond Barthé (1901-1989)
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RICHMOND BARTHÉ (1901-1989)

Feral Benga

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RICHMOND BARTHÉ (1901-1989)
Feral Benga
inscribed 'BARTHÉ' (on the base)
bronze with brown patina
18 3⁄4 in. (47.6 cm.) high on a 3⁄4 in. (1.9 cm.) marble base
Modeled in 1935; cast circa 1960.
Provenance
Ascension Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Private collection, acquired from the above, 1990s.
Sloans & Kenyon, 14 June 2020, lot 723, sold by the above.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.
Literature
A. Locke, The Negro in Art: A Pictorial Record of the Negro Artist and of the Negro Theme in Art, Washington, D.C., 1940 (as Benga: Dance Figure).
C. Dover, American Negro Art, New York, 1960, illustrated.
Graham Gallery, The Figure in Sculpture: An Exhibition of Fine American and European, 19th and 20th Century Works in Bronze and Marble, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1989, pp. 5, 23, 65, another example illustrated (as Benga, Senegalese Dancer).
The Newark Museum, Against the Odds: African-American Artists and the Harmon Foundation, exhibition catalogue, Newark, New Jersey, 1990, p. 122, pl. 11, another example illustrated on the cover.
Hayward Gallery, Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance, exhibition catalogue, London, 1997, pp. 71, 73, 178, another example illustrated.
G. Fabre, M. Feith, Temples for Tomorrow: Looking Back at the Harlem Renaissance, Bloomington, Indiana, 2001, p. 58.
M.R. Vendryes, Casting Feral Benga: A Biography of Richmond Barthé’s Signature Work, New York, 2003, pp. 1-11, other examples illustrated.
Studio Museum in Harlem, Challenge of the Modern: African American Artists 1925-1945, vol. 1, exhibition catalogue, New York, 2003, p. 20.
C.D. Wintz, P. Finkelman, Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance: A-J, Oxfordshire, England, 2004, p. 102.
E.B. Higginbotham, H. Gates, African American Lives, Oxford, England, 2004, p. 51.
L.P. Jackson, Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius, Athens, Georgia, 2007, p. 165.
M.R. Vendryes, Barthé: A Life in Sculpture, Jackson, Mississippi, 2008, pp. 66-72, 75, 185, another example illustrated.
K.N. Pinder, Race-ing Art History: Critical Readings in Race and Art History, 2013, p. 318.
Post Lot Text
We would like to thank Margaret Rose Vendryes, PhD for her assistance with cataloging this lot.

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