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RICHMOND BARTHÉ (1909 - 1989)
Untitled (Man Playing a Mandolin). Woodcut on cream wove paper, 1936. 135x89 mm; 5 3/8x3 1/2 inches, full margins. Signed in black ink, lower margin. A very good, dark impression. 1936.
Similar in manner to the woodcuts of Rockwell Kent, this small print is from a very scarce group of greeting cards the sculptor Richmond Barthé made in the 1930s. Another example depicting his bronze, Blackberry Woman, the first piece by an African-American artist acquired by the Whitney Museum of American Art, is in the Ferdinand Rousseve Papers, Amistad Research Center, New Orleans.