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    CHARLES SCHREYVOGEL (American, 1861-1912)
    The Last Drop, 1903
    Bronze with patina
    12 x 18-1/2 x 5 inches (30.5 x 47.0 x 12.7 cm)
    Signed and dated on base: Copyrighted 1903 by Chas Schreyvogel

    J. Horan, The Life and Art of Charles Schreyvogel, New York, 1969, p. 27.

    At the time of his unexpected death from blood poisoning in 1912, Charles Schreyvogel was considered one of the most popular artists of the Old West, revered for his nostalgic images of a disappearing frontier. His fame arrived late in life, when his painting My Bunkie won first prize at the 1900 National Academy of Design exhibition, yet he had been training since his youth as an artist. Born in 1861 to German immigrants settled in New York City, Schreyvogel apprenticed during the 1870s to a gold engraver and a lithographer before enrolling in the Newark Art League. With the financial assistance of his brothers, he traveled abroad and studied from 1886-1890 at the Munich Royal Academy, there developing an interest in realism and genre scenes. The watershed moment in Schreyvogel's career occurred back home in 1893 when he attended Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and sketched for the first time the stuff of his childhood dreams: cowboys and Indians. So entranced was he with these new subjects that soon afterwards he visited the Ute Reservation in Colorado -- an opportunity to photograph and paint local legends and begin collecting western artifacts as props for compositions. Schreyvogel's insistence on thorough preliminary research prompted future trips to the Dakotas, but also limited his production, ultimately fewer than 100 paintings. Ironically, chief rival Frederic Remington in 1903 challenged the historical accuracy of his Custer's Demand; Schreyvogel, however, supported by notables including Theodore Roosevelt and the wife of Colonel Custer, weathered such criticism to become "the greatest" in his "line of work" (John A. Sleicher, editor of Leslie's Weekly).

    Schreyvogel executed a mere handful of sculptures which, like his paintings, celebrated stories of heroism and bravery. The Last Drop, although seemingly less dramatic than his usual action-packed subjects, freezes a tension-filled moment after a skirmish: a cavalryman pours the remains of his water canteen into his hat and offers it to his weary mount. Schreyvogel cast the bronze from a clay model used for a painting of the same theme. In both, his attention to realism is evident in the horse's lean musculature, the rider's concerned expression, and the pair's survival equipment, from saddlebag and bedroll to sword and rifle. The rider's kneeling before his horse in a position of deference underscores a favorite Schreyvogel theme: the personal sacrifice of military troops in the midst of danger or defeat.

    More information about CHARLES SCHREYVOGEL, also known as Schreyvogel, Charles, Charles Schreyvogel.

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    January, 2009
    24th-25th Saturday-Sunday
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