Presented is a bronze sculpture, entitled Double Trouble, after renowned Western artist Frederic Remington. The bronze depicts a mounted cowboy encountering an angry bear. With his rifle aimed and ready, the tense standoff between man and grizzly bear is captured fully in the round. Cast using the lost-wax process, this is a licensed reproduction of one of only twenty two bronze sculptures Remington created during his life.
Although born, raised, and educated on the East Coast, Frederic Remington (1861-1909) achieved considerable success as America’s leading illustrator of life on the western frontier. His career took off in the mid-1880s when he began making western illustrations for Harper's Weekly and many other widely read New York magazines. Accompanying both factual news reports and colorful fictional tales, Remington's pictures delighted and informed an East Coast populace hungry for information of the new frontier. Remington traveled West repeatedly and greatly admired the rough and intrepid cowboys and soldiers he met there. He enjoyed meeting them and hearing their stories during his visits as a journalist and illustrator.
Remington produced over 3,000 signed works. Most of them were illustrations, but as he grew older, he turned away from the publishing world and accomplished masterful paintings and drawings. From 1895 to his passing, Remington turned to sculpture and impressionistic oil-on-canvases. He created 22 stunning, energetic bronzes, most of which were created using both sand-casting and the lost-wax method of casting.
The first foundry with which Remington worked was the Henry-Bonnard Bronze Company in New York. Four different sculptures were cast in bronze, starting in 1895, using the sand-casting method. They were The Broncho Buster, The Wounded Bunkie, The Wicked Pony, and The Scalp. Starting in 1900, Remington began working exclusively with the Roman Bronze Works, in New York. Using the lost-wax bronze casting process, they produced the rest of his bronzes until his death in 1909.
Some of Remington’s bronzes were inspired by motifs developed in his paintings and illustrations; others were innovative and complex multi-figure compositions. His talent for sculpture was matched by his technical prowess and exploration, notably seen in his textural detail and innovative patination. Remington’s bronzes have a profound sense of storytelling, resulting in some of the finest American bronzes of the time. Unlike most of his fellow sculptors, Remington rarely worked on a monumental scale. His only known large-scale sculpture is The Cowboy.
Very good condition overall. Bronze sculpture with brown patina. Bronze bears the Remington signature. Mounted on a curvilinear marble base with beveled edge and descriptive metal plaque. Dimensions (with base): 18.5" H x 27"W x 13"D.
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