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Frederic Remington: Illustrator, Sculptor, Painter
"Frederic Remington: Illustrator, Sculptor, Painter" brings powerful depictions of the American West to the Everson Museum of Art. This exhibition will be located in the Robineau Gallery on the main level from March 9 - May 19, 2002. Frederic Remington includes twenty-eight works by the artist, including both paintings and sculpture, all drawn from the peerless collection of the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, New York. (left: Frederic Remington (American, 1861-1909), Broncho Buster, design copyright 1895, bronze, lost wax cast no. 241, by Roman Bronze Works (ca. 1918-1919), 22 x 21 º x 10 º in. Collection Everson Museum of Art. Museum purchase with funds from the Central New York Community Foundation, John F. Marsellus Fund, in honor of the generations of the Marsellus family who have been involved with the arts in Syracuse and central New York)
Born in the small town of Canton, in northern New York, Frederic Remington (1861-1909) maintained lifelong ties to the region along the St. Lawrence River. He began his career as an illustrator for such magazines as Harper's Weekly and quickly gained popular acclaim for his vivid depictions of life on the western frontier. An eastern audience fascinated with the West eagerly consumed Remington's dramatic scenes of cowboys, cavalrymen, and Indians. It was this type of art that gave rise to the romantic notion of the West as an area of danger, excitement, and dramatic confrontation. When Remington began sculpting in the 1890s, his mastery of the medium was soon regarded with critical approval: The Broncho Buster remains his most celebrated sculptural work. As his painting technique became more Impressionistic around the turn of the last century, he found wider recognition in that medium as well. Although Remington continued to depict western themes through his life, his twentieth-century paintings became more tranquil and atmospheric, ranging from Impressionistic scenes of his native New York State to images of the West that were less concerned with storytelling than his earlier works had been.
Among the selections in this exhibition will be the types of work for which Remington is best known. These selections include original illustrations for popular turn-of-the-century magazines, compositions related to Remington's extended stays in the North Country of New York State and the Thousand Islands region, examples of his Impressionist and Tonalist paintings, and several of his bronzes of western subjects.
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