Tuesday October 4th marks what would be the 150th birthday of Frederic Remington (Oct. 4th 1861- Dec. 26th 1906) American born illustrator, sculptor and writer. Brought up in a military household; his father was a civil war colonel for the Union; young Remington was encouraged to pursue a military career. However he lacked the necessary discipline and instead enrolled at the art school at Yale University. Despite showing promise in his work it wasn’t until after a few hard years and a failed business that Frederic Remington took a serious approach to art and enrolled at the Art Students League to finesse his rough techniques. Beginning in 1886 Remington was commissioned by Harper’s Weekly to cover the government’s war on Geronimo. Given the success of this work he was granted further commissions in the west which lead to a deepening of his interest in the subjects he found there. An example of Remington’s work can be found on display within the museum’s collection. His piece The Bronco Buster, c.1900-1909, bronze, is a powerful image, taken from direct observation, of a culture that has since faded from the American landscape.
Happy Birthday Frederic Remington!
by Amber Sesnick, Marketing Manager in Education
Tags: American Artists, Art Students League, bronze sculpture, civil war colonel, Frederic Remington, Geronimo, Harper's Weekly, illustrator, military, sculptor, The Bronco Buster, the West, Union, writer, Yale University
This post was written by Amber Sesnick who has written 345 posts on The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.
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