A bronze sculpture on a dark green marble base.
Remington described “The Horse Thief” as a “nude Indian on a horse holding buffalo skin with right arm as protection…buffalo robe flying in air”.
Bronze signed: Frederic Remington
Title plaque reads: THE HORSE THIEF, BY Frederic Remington
Dimensions: H: 20.5" x W: 19.5" x D: 11”
An original model of The Horse Thief by Remington is in the museum collection of Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Frederic Remington (1861-1909)
Although born, raised, and educated on the East Coast, Frederic Remington 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 more than 20 stunning, energetic bronzes, most of which were created using the lost-wax method of casting.