Born in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi in 1901. One of the most important African-American sculptors of this century. Received classical training in painting and sculptures. Some sculptures are of famous African Americans, while others are of African dancers, singing slaves, etc.
His work is permanently on display at Whitney Museum of American Art, also Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, University of Southern Mississippi campus in Hattiesburg, Chicago Art Institute, 1924-1928.
His work is featured in American Masters of the Mississippi Gulf Coast: George Ohr, Dusti Bonge, Walter Anderson, Richmond Barthe book by Patti Carr Black, 2009, at Mississippi State University.
Barthe passed away in 1989 in Pasadena California.