Garner edition of 10 (Lifetime cast). Signed in bronze on back of right shoulder: “BARTHÉ”. In fine condition.
Richmond Barthé is arguably the finest 20th century African-American sculptor.
Josephine Baker (1906-1975) was the most famous African-American entertainer, dancer, and singer of her age. She took France by storm in the 1920s and 1930s and was given the nicknames “Black Venus” and the “Black Pearl.” Both Baker and Barthé were part of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. Baker was in her mid-40s when Barthé sculpted her.