After four years of academic training at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Barthé reaped the benefits of the 1920s New Negro Arts Renaissance. He also endured difficulties as a gay, Roman Catholic, Creole sculptor working during the nation's post-World War II era
Barthé: A Life in Sculpture is now available from UPM.
Barthé was noted for givng his black subjects in particular an intensity and sensuality that attracted important European American patrons and the press. Below are three images from the book.