James Earle Fraser (1876-1953)
American sculptor James Earle Fraser was exposed very early in life to frontier life and Native Americans. These memories inspired his artistic work, especially his two best-known works, the powerful sculpture The End of the Trail and the Indian Head/Buffalo Nickel.
Fraser received professional training in Chicago, New York and Paris, and studied sculpting under numerous masters of his time. Fraser sculpted his most recognized sculpture, The End of the Trail, for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco.
Fraser's sculptures started out in the impressionistic style, with myriad details, into a 20th-century modernist style, with smooth lines and fewer details in the silhouettes and surfaces. Even when his style of realism was no longer considered posh, Fraser sculptures remained in high demand until his death in 1953.
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