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  • Frederic Remington
    Oct 4, 1861 - Dec 26, 1909
  • A Dash for the Timber - Frederic Sackrider Remington was an American very significant artist, illustrator, sculptor, and writer who specialized in depictions of the Old American West, specifically concentrating on the last quarter of the 19th century American West and images of cowboys, American Indians, and the U.S. Cavalry.
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  • 1889
    Oil on canvas
    122.56 cm (48.25 in.) x 213.68 cm (84.13 in.)
    Amon Carter Museum, United States.

    Between 1885 and 1888 Remington made a number of trips to the American Southwest, principally to cover the U.S. Cavalry and its pursuit of the Apaches. The stark landscape and dramatic human events he encountered there greatly influenced his artistic development. Remington filled his diaries with observations, made countless field sketches, took many photographs with the latest equipment, and collected numerous artifacts to use in his paintings. While there he also became acquainted with some of the military officers, who in turn assisted the artist with his collecting efforts after he had returned to the East. “I have a big order for a cowboy picture and I want a lot of ’chapperas’—say two or three pieces—and if you will buy them off some of the cowboys and ship them to me by express c.o.d. I will be your slave,” Remington wrote one of the officers in April 1889. “I want old ones—and they should all be different in shape. . . . I have four pairs now and want some more and as soon as I can get them will begin the picture.” The “cowboy picture” Remington was referring to is A Dash for the Timber, which launched his career as a major painter when it was exhibited to critical acclaim at the National Academy later that year. “This work marks an advance on the part of one of the strongest of our younger artists, who is one of the best illustrators we have,” praised a writer in the New York Herald. “The drawing is true and strong, the figures of men and horses are in fine action, tearing along at a full gallop, the sunshine effect is realistic and the color is good.” Indeed, Remington’s skillful delineation of the horses is a particular artistic triumph; they charge toward the viewer with nostrils flaring and every muscle strained to its limits. The headlong motion of horses and riders seems suspended above patches of cool purple and shadowy blue, contrasting with warmer hues of yellow and orange in the surrounding landscape. The overall effect of the painting is truly cinematic, and the action-filled portrayal of the struggle of life on a dangerous frontier anticipates the many western films that were to follow after the turn of the century, when Remington’s western images were already deeply embedded in the popular imagination.

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Other paintings by Frederic Remington:

Night Rider
Night Rider
The Bell Mare
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The Stampede
The Stampede
The Cowpunchers Lullaby
The Cowpunchers Lullaby
Frederic Sackrider RemingtonFrederic Sackrider Remington was a very significant artist, skilled as a writer and lauded as an illustrator, painter and sculptor. His subtle and powerful work made him the premier chronicler of the late nineteenth century American West. The son of a newspaper publisher, Remington was born in Canton, New York in 1861. He began sketching as a boy. After attending a Massachusetts military academy from 1876 to 1878, he entered the newly formed Yale University Art School in New Haven, Connecticut. His father's death in 1880 induced him to leave school and briefly take on clerical work in Albany, New York.

During a short journey West in 1881, Remington received a glimpse of the life and land that would influence and inspire the rest of his life. The trip, consisting of sketching, prospecting and cow punching from Montana to Texas, resulted in his first published illustration in Harper's weekly in 1882. In 1883, he bought a sheep ranch in Kansas, which served as a home base for more trips throughout the Southwest, where he sketched horses, cavalrymen, cowboys and Indians. Remington sold the ranch in 1884, and established a studio in Kansas City, Missouri.

Returning to New York City in 1885, Remington quickly became a successful illustrator, his work appearing in many publications. He began writing and illustrating his own books and articles as well, giving Eastern America what became the accepted vision of the American West. Wanting greater acceptance as a fine artist, he studied at the Art Students League in New York City for a few months in 1886. Remington began submitting his paintings to exhibitions, but his illustrations remained the primary source of his remarkable reputation. Remington did start winning prizes for his paintings in the early 1890s. His work consisted of visual narratives of the old West, with landscape secondary to the figure. In 1895, Remington produced his first bronze sculpture: The Bronco Buster (a cast in the Metropolitan Museum of Art), which immediately became popular and was followed by 24 other bronzes. His ability to exhibit a strong sense of life and movement in a three dimensional work was recognized.

After moving to a farm in Connecticut, where he established an art gallery and library surrounded by collected Western memorabilia and artifacts, Remington began to experiment with a kind of impressionism around 1905. Many American artists were attracted to the style during that period, but Remington never really ceased to be a realist.

Remington died in Ridgefield, Connecticut in 1909 after a sudden attack of appendicitis, leaving a legacy of more than 2,750 paintings and drawings and 25 sculptures from which multiple casts were made. In addition, he had written eight books and numerous articles about the American West, and served in the Spanish American War as a war correspondent. He was the most important artist ever to record the vanishing Western frontier.