October 04, 2005

Happy Birthday, Frederick Remington

"His First Lesson"

Today is the birthday, in 1861, of Frederick Remington, whose drawings, paintings and sculptures can be said to have defined the way Americans view (or at least used to view) 19th Century western expansion.

I toss this out primarily because the first book of art my parents ever gave me was a collection of Remington's work. I was quickly taken in by the images of the cowboys, cavalrymen and Indians and the harshness of the frontier, particularly since I lived in Texas and spent a lot of time tramping around in the Hill Country. An old stage road ran through the ranch where we used to hunt and the remains of a number of pioner homesteads still dotted the landscape. Further, there was a story about an outlaw being gunned down by the Texas Rangers near one of the hollows we frequented - he was supposed to have been buried somewhere around there with his spurs on.

Even though I've long since come back East, this kind of thing still holds an appeal for me.

Posted by Robert at October 4, 2005 11:07 AM | TrackBack

Remington's work is so vivid in color and brush-stroke, yet without blurring or overpowering the composition. And it shows in a romantic light how different the West is.

I have an American art book with a number of his works in it. It's a great perspective on American topography as well as culture and history.

Posted by: tee bee at October 4, 2005 12:51 PM

If you grow up anywhere west of the Rockies, and I suppose even further towards the Mississippi, you grow up with Remington's work and Remington knockoffs being so ubiquitous that it almost blends into the background. Thanks for reminding me why we love him so much.

Posted by: Brian B at October 4, 2005 01:38 PM

His painting look so realistic you expect them to move

Posted by: spurwing plover at October 6, 2005 10:29 AM