Frederic Remington (1861-1909) The Broncho Buster 22 1/2in high  (Modeled in 1895, cast circa 1911.)

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Lot 125
Frederic Remington
(1861-1909)
The Broncho Buster 22 1/2in high

Sold for US$ 68,825 inc. premium
Property from the Collection of Nicole and William M. Keck II
Frederic Remington (1861-1909)
The Broncho Buster
inscribed 'Copyright by / Frederic Remington' and stamped with foundry mark 'ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N-Y-' (on the base), inscribed 'No 115' (beneath the base)
bronze with dark brown patina
22 1/2in high
Modeled in 1895, cast circa 1911.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Private collection.
    Altermann & Morris Galleries, Houston, Texas, 1992.
    Private collection.

    Literature
    H. McCracken, Frederic Remington: Artist of the Old West, New York, 1947, n.p., pl. 41, another example illustrated.
    P. Hassrick, Frederic Remington, Fort Worth, Texas, 1973, p. 33, no. 53, another example illustrated.
    M.E. Shapiro, Cast and Recast: The Sculpture of Frederic Remington, exhibition catalogue, Washington, D.C., 1981, pp. 63-69, another example illustrated.
    M.E. Shapiro, P. Hassrick, Frederic Remington: The Masterworks, New York, 1988, p. 172, pls. 47-48, another example illustrated.
    J. Ballinger, Frederic Remington, New York, 1989, p. 74, another example illustrated.
    M.D. Greenbaum, Icons of the West: Frederic Remington's Sculpture, Ogdensburg, New York, 1996, pp. 51-64, 178, another example illustrated.

    Frederic Remington had worked as an accomplished illustrator for nearly a decade before trying his hand as a sculptor. In late 1894, Remington was encouraged by two friends—the Franco-American sculptor Frederick Ruckstull and the playwright Augustus Thomas—to transform an earlier illustration of a bucking broncho into a three-dimensional wax model. Ruckstull, who was working on a monumental equestrian statue commission for the Pennsylvania State Capitol, provided all the tools to Remington, but perhaps more importantly, the encouragement to try and trust his innate ability. Thomas also recognized a "sculptor's degree of vision" in Remington's drawings and further encouraged him. 1 In modeling Broncho Buster, due to its elevated and displaced center of gravity, Remington encountered the technical challenge of how to support the horse's hind legs without a post. To keep the feeling of weightlessness, he resolved the problem by increasing the armature—learned from observing Ruckstull at work.2 Modeled in 1895, Broncho Buster was Remington's first sculpture and, to this day, remains his most famous. The dynamic image of a cowboy breaking a wild horse was a radical re-interpretation of the equestrian statue form, and it captured the imagination of the popular press in his day. Remington was lauded for his attempt in a new medium as well as his technical skill by Harper's Weekly and The New York Times, who noted, "Now that he has started in another direction, and begun so promisingly, his career will be remarked with still greater interest and subsequent work of this kind will be watched for eagerly."3 Remington modeled twenty-one subsequent sculptures in his lifetime, producing work with even greater dynamism and contrapposto. Broncho Buster, however, remains his best-known work for its originality and raw expression.

    1 M.D. Greenbaum, Icons of the West: Frederic Remington's Sculpture, Ogdensburg, New York, 1996, p. 14.
    2 Ibid.
    3 Ibid, 51.
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Frederic Remington (1861-1909) The Broncho Buster 22 1/2in high  (Modeled in 1895, cast circa 1911.)
Frederic Remington (1861-1909) The Broncho Buster 22 1/2in high  (Modeled in 1895, cast circa 1911.)
Frederic Remington (1861-1909) The Broncho Buster 22 1/2in high  (Modeled in 1895, cast circa 1911.)
Frederic Remington (1861-1909) The Broncho Buster 22 1/2in high  (Modeled in 1895, cast circa 1911.)
Frederic Remington (1861-1909) The Broncho Buster 22 1/2in high  (Modeled in 1895, cast circa 1911.)
Frederic Remington (1861-1909) The Broncho Buster 22 1/2in high  (Modeled in 1895, cast circa 1911.)
Frederic Remington (1861-1909) The Broncho Buster 22 1/2in high  (Modeled in 1895, cast circa 1911.)
Frederic Remington (1861-1909) The Broncho Buster 22 1/2in high  (Modeled in 1895, cast circa 1911.)
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