Bronco Buster 2, The
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 such excellent results. Initially, Remington had his model cast in the traditional French sand method at the Henry-Bonnard foundry in New York City; this is number 36 of that particular edition. Later, Remington discovered the lost wax process and had subsequent castings done in that method by the Roman Bronze Works. Weight 51 1/4 lbs.