Frederick Remington 1861-1909

U.S. painter, illustrator, and sculptor noted for his realistic portrayals of life in the American West.

Frederick Remington is best remembered for his paintings and sculptures depicting the American West. Remington sought to imbue his subjects - Indians, cowboys, soldiers, and horses - with the traits that he believed marked the spirit of the frontier: rugged individualism, courage, and a yearning to be free from the restrictions and routines of settled life.

Remington was born in Canton, New York, on October 1, 1861, and quickly acquired a lifelong love for outdoor activity and stories of cowboys, Indians, and soldiers. He spent his free time drawing these figures and acquired a distaste for the discipline of school life. Remington attended Yale, where he became better known for athletic prowess than academic achievement. After his father?s death, he traveled west through Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, Kansas, and the Indian Territory. He worked as a cowboy, sheep rancher, and gold prospector; he also accompanied wagon trains. He constantly sketched the land and people around him and acquired a profound appreciation for his new environment

His first and best known bronze, "The Bronco Buster", appeared in 1895. Its success inspired Remington to cast 24 other statues which represented life on the American frontier. Other examples of this work include "The Scalp" (1898),"Coming Through the Rye" (1902), "The Buffalo Signal" (1901), "The Sergeant" (1904), "The Outlaw" (1906),"The Cowboy"(1908), and "The Savage" (1908). Although he never lost his love for the Western frontier and its heroic spirit, he realized that continuing changes - the end of the open range, increased settlement, and the final subjugation of the Indians - marked the end of this world.

By 1890, Remingtons fortunes enabled him andhis wife to move from New York City to New Rochelle, and his sculptures secured his recognition as one of America?s foremost artists. In 1909, he was made an associate member of the National Academy of Design, and he moved to Ridgefield, Connecticut. He died on December 26, 1909, but his depictions of western frontier life would ensure his immortality in the national conscience.

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