Remington, Frederic

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Remington, Frederic

Frederic Remington, 1861–1909, American painter, sculptor, illustrator, and writer, b. Canton, N.Y., studied at the Yale School of Fine Arts and the Art Students League. His subjects, drawn largely from his life on the Western plains, are chiefly horses, soldiers, Native Americans, and cowboys, each modeled or painted with sympathetic understanding and usually in spirited action. His paintings are exciting and accurate portrayals of the West and have been extensively reproduced in color prints. Replicas of his 23 bronzes appear in many museums and private collections. Remington was war correspondent for the Hearst papers in the Spanish-American War. An indefatigable worker, he completed more than 2,700 paintings and drawings, including illustrations for Century magazine, Collier's Weekly, Harper publications, and other periodicals. He wrote Pony Tracks (1895), Crooked Trails (1898), John Ermine of Yellowstone (1902), and other books. There is a Remington Art Memorial Museum at Ogdenburg, N.Y.

See catalog by M. Jackson (1970); A. P. and M. D. Splete, ed., Frederic Remington: Selected Letters (1987); biography by P. and H. Samuels (1985); A. Manley and M. M. Magnum, Frederic Remington and the North Country (1988).

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