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Frederic Remington (1861-1909)
Remington was born in Canton, New York. He briefly attended the Yale School of Art and the Art Students League of New York before heeding the call to "Go West." His dynamic representations of cowboys and cavalrymen, bronco busters and braves created a mythic image of the American West. Over the course of his career, he produced more than three thousand drawings and paintings, twenty-two bronze sculptures, a novel, a Broadway play, and over one hundred articles and stories.
Southern Plains
Radisson and Groseilliers
Bronco Buster
Warrior's Return


Bronco Buster, Currier Museum of Art.

Frederic Remington produced a prolific body of work that shaped America's vision of the west. Among the sculptures and paintings Remington produced were numerous images that helped to transform the image of the American cowboy from a surly and dangerous drifter to a national icon that represented freedom and courage. In 1881, at the outset of his career, Remington headed west in a Pullman sleeper car. For four years he roamed from Mexico to Canada, rode the wagon trains and cattle trails from Texas to Montana, prospected for gold in Arizona, and worked as a hired cowboy in Kansas. The images Remington created after his return east combined these first-hand experiences with a romantic nostalgia for the frontier that was by this time largely a memory.

The Bronco Buster, Remington's first sculpture, was based on his 1892 illustration for Harper's Weekly. The sculpture proved popular, and in 1895 Remington copyrighted the work as "Equestrian Statue of Cowboy mounted upon a Breaking Wild Horse standing on hind feet. Cowboy holding onto horse's mane with left hand while right hand is extended upwards." Over the next few years more than 200 copies were produced. The work became not only Remington's most popular sculpture, but the most sought-after American bronze statuette in the twentieth century.
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