This was Remington's own favorite among his sculptures and also one of the most popular among his original collectors since more than 100 castings were made during his lifetime. However, he hadn't been satisfied with his first attempt, allowing only 15 castings before he made an entirely new model which caught what one writer called its "sweeping circular symmetry of rearing horse and rider, caught at the instant of perfect balance on hind legs . . . a creation of artistic beauty, without compromise to realistic portrayal." Remington eventually also made a larger version, about four inches taller than the...
Created by: Remington, Frederic
The pose of Felipe Castanedas Reclining Nude clearly evokes classic forms, echoing the languorous lounging figures of famous nudes like Antonio Canovas Pauline Borghese as Venus, but its simplified form and fidelity to its medium (alabaster) are uniquely modernist in style. The clean lines are especially influenced by Castanedas familiarity with pre-Columbian artifacts whose austere beauty influenced his own use of form. Felipe Castaneda was born in La Palma in the state of Michoacan, Mexico, an area rich in those artifacts. Drawn to art from an early age, as a young man he moved to Mexico City to...
Created by: Castaneda, Felipe
Like many still-life artists, Szymd was drawn to red poppies because of their vibrant color and velvety texture. Though his subject may seem simple, his work method was not. As Szymd explained, "The work is time consuming and many months may pass before I am sufficiently satisfied to release a particular painting. Under the final paint surface are many stages of development. Each painting represents a different problem. The painting is signed when all the problems are solved and there is nothing more I can do . . . to improve the work."
Created by: Szmyd, Edward
That there are several paintings of red poppies by various artists in the Norton is due to the influence of a single man Claude Monet. Monets masterpieces often featured this striking bloom and any artist who specializes in painting living blossoms sooner or later comes to their bright beauty. Edward Szymd made a lifetime specialty of flowers and still-lifes, relying on his own cherished and cultivated gardens for inspiration, much as Monet did at Giverny. Unlike Monet, who painted wild poppies en plein air in his impressionistic style, Szymd, who preferred to work in his studio, presents us with...
Created by: Szmyd, Edward
The son of a general store owner, Martin Johnson Heade was born in Lumbersville, Pennsylvania and received his early training from the renowned folk artist Edward Hicks who lived in the area. By 1839 Heade was supporting himself painting portraits and profited enough to live in Rome for two years. On his return to the U.S., he exhibited regularly in Philadelphia and New York. Around 1857, he met several Hudson River School artists and began painting landscapes in that style. However, he was soon drawn to the smaller, light-filled works characteristic of Luminism from which stem his best-known landscapes. A trip to the tropics focused his attention on...
Created by: Heade, Martin Johnson
4-barrelled pistol. Standard finish & grips. Double action with cartridge ejection.