A patina bronze sculpture on a marble base.
Slowly, the rider descends a summit trail. His horse quivers nervously, lifting a hind leg and front hoof as the pair skid down the mountain. The rider tugs at the rein with one hand and steadies himself with the other hand as he leans back in the saddle. Together, rider and horse continue the decline with caution in every tense move.
Bronze signed: Copyright by Frederic Remington
Title plaque reads: The Mountain Man, Frederic Remington
Dimensions: H: 28" x W: 18"
An original model of The Mountain Man by Remington is in the museum collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York (accession number: 07.79).
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.