Frederic Remington

(1861-1909)

Frederic Remington, one of the most important Realist painters, began his studies at Vermont Episcopal Institute, went to Yale Art School from 1878-79 and then turned to the Art Students League around 1885 because he was seeking recognition as a fine artist. Remington's work was so important in documenting the vanishing lifestyle of the American West. His work was painted based on experience and everything he saw on the plains and mining camps. Remington was skilled as a cowboy and even opened a sheep ranch, which he sold in 1884. Remington's first commission, from Harper's Weekly in 1882, was based on Geronimo's campaign. Around 1886 he built a large studio in New Rochelle, where he began to make bronzes of his Western subjects. These works gained immediate attention, particularly "The Bronco Buster", which was reproduced in multiple series. Remington traveled the world as an artist correspondent and produced up to 3,000 paintings and drawings and eight books. Remington sold his studio six months prior to his death. He died from appendicitis at the age of 48.