Long-Unseen Painting of Jamaican Man Is Identified as Rare Richmond Barthé Work

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[Many thanks to Veerle Poupeye (Critical.Caribbean.Art) for bringing this item to our attention.] Alex Greenberger (ARTnews) reports on the identification of Richmond Barthé’s “Seated Man in a Landscape,” which was painted during the well-known African American artist’s sojourn in Jamaica, from 1947 to the 1960s. [During this time, Barthé also worked on the statues of Jean-Jacques Dessalines and Toussaint L’Ouverture in Haiti.] Greenberger writes:

A painting of a Jamaican man that has been hidden away from public view for years has been identified as a work by Richmond Barthé, a key figure within African American art history.

The painting, titledSeated Man in a Landscape, dates back to the 1950s, during a period when Barthé was based in Jamaica. But art historians did not know that he was the author of the work because the attribution was “incorrectly transcribed,” according to the National Trust, the U.K…

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