Amon Carter print details

The Negro Looks Ahead

Richmond Barthé (1901-1989)

Object Details

  • Date

    1940, cast 1986

  • Object Type


  • Medium

    Bronze on marble base

  • Contributors

    Cast by The Art Foundry

  • Dimensions

    16 x 10 x 10 in.

  • Edition


  • Inscriptions

    signed, l.l.: Barthe 86 ©

  • Credit Line

    Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

  • Accession Number


  • Copyright

    Status undetermined

Object Description

Barthé launched his career as a sculptor in New York City in the early 1930s during the height of the New Negro Movement—a golden age of expression in art, literature, music, and stage performance also known as the Harlem Renaissance.

Influenced by the sculptural conventions of Renaissance masters like Michelangelo, Barthé grounded his aesthetic vision in traditional notions of ideal beauty and expressive composition. Though he was primarily interested in the formal qualities of his work, he did not overlook racecentered themes, and this work celebrates the dignity and beauty of black Americans.

Additional details

Location: On view
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