Violent Motion: Frederic Remington's Artistry in Bronze

Nine rarely seen bronze sculptures by Frederic Remington are featured in a special exhibition honoring our 30th anniversary.  Mary Burke, Director of the Museum, explains that "Frederic Remington created 22 of the most memorable bronzes of any American sculptor of his time and we are very proud to present nine of them as part of the Museum’s 30th anniversary celebration. Remington’s influence in shaping the West of the popular imagination cannot be overstated." 

The exhibition is presented in two phases: Phase 1: November 8, 2012 – February 24, 2013 | Phase 2: February 28, 2013 – June 2, 2013 [Closed for installation February 25-27, 2013].

Frederic Remington | Coming Through the Rye | 1902 | Bronze | Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

Eight of the nine sculptures are on loan from rarely seen private collections, and one is from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. They are paired with his paintings from the Sid Richardson Museum and the Carter Museum to demonstrate how Remington's artworks reveal action in a two-dimensional versus a three-dimensional medium.

This focused exhibition will unite paintings from the collections of Sid Richardson and of his close friend, legendary Fort Worth newspaper publisher Amon G. Carter Sr. (1879–1955). The collaboration is symbolic of their friendship. Carter collected Remingtons and Russells and encouraged Richardson to pursue his love of collecting Western paintings. Richardson once said, “Anybody can paint a horse on four legs, but it takes a real eye to paint them in violent motion. All parts of the horse must be in proper position, and Remington and Russell are the fellows who can do it.”

Dr. Rick Stewart, one of the nation’s leading authorities on Remington, curated the exhibition. Prior to his retirement, Stewart was director and then chief curator of the Amon Carter Museum.

“Remington used to explain that he had the ability to imply motion by getting the viewer to see the animation in something as continuing,” says Rick Stewart. “His sculptures are just in stop-action practically; they defy gravity! The connoisseurship level is as high as you can get with Remington.”

Frederic Remington | A Taint on the Wind | 1906 | Oil on canvas | 27 1/8 inches x 40 inches