Items (Remington, Frederic) (B)
The sense of furious action and kinetic tension exhibited in this work are similar to what Remington would soon be bringing to his sculptural pieces. The subject is a young acquaintance of Remington's who was making his own acquaintance with a spirited Western bronco. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Graham F. Blandy went West as a young man, where he became the subject of this portrait of a "greenhorn" cowboy sometime between 1890 and 1900. Soon after, Blandy returned to the East, making his fortune as a prominent New York stockbroker and acquiring a large estate called "The Tuleyries" in...
This was the first and most popular of Remington's sculptures. While he had been supporting himself as a painter and illustrator, Remington had no training as a sculptor when one day a friend suggested that the three-dimensional quality of his drawings suggested a possible affinity for sculpting. Remington bought some clay and the rest, as they say, is history. He produced this sculpture in the summer of 1895; art critic Arthur Hoeber noted in Harper's Weekly that it was quite astonishing that the difficulties of technique in the modeling in clay should have been overcome so readily and with...