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    FREDERIC REMINGTON (American, 1861-1909)
    Mexican Woman Washing, 1890
    Gouache and ink on cardboard
    18 x 13 inches (45.7 x 33.0 cm)
    Signed upper right: FREDERIC REMINGTON

    PROVENANCE:
    Edward Borein (stamp verso);
    Peterson Galleries, Beverly Hills, 1976 (letter verso);
    Fenn Gallery, Sante Fe (label verso);
    John F. Miller, Palm Springs (stamp verso);
    Private collection, Palm Springs, California.

    LITERATURE:
    Harper's Monthly, Mexican Woman Washing, July 1980, illus. p. 245;
    P. Hassrick and M. J. Webster, Frederic Remington: A Catalog Raisonné of Painting, Watercolor and Drawing, Vol. I, CITY, 1996, no. 1049, illus. p. 329.

    Frederic Remington's first illustrations were published in Harper's Weekly in 1886; by the time this illustration appeared in the July 1890 issue of Harper's Monthly to illustrate an article by Lee C. Harby entitled, "Texas Types and Contrasts," Remington was not only one of the magazine's most favored artists, but also one of the most widely published artists in all of America. His depiction of the American West as a land of high adventure, drama, and danger had struck a highly responsive chord within the American imagination. By the time of his death in 1909, the name Remington for many people was synonymous with the American West. His early career success was achieved through his prowess as an illustrator of stories such as this one where he was able to flesh out the writer's description with evocative images of a particular time and place. By this time, Remington had gained fame not only as an illustrator, but had also won accolades as a painter. His early masterwork, "A Dash for the Timber" had won rave reviews when it was displayed at the National Academy of Design in 1889, just two years prior to the publication of this image. Remington's reputation was founded on such stirring renditions of western action, but "Mexican Woman Washing," amply illustrates his skill at the quieter moments of life in the West. Due to the technical limitations of printing images in magazines and other publications of this time period, Remington normally worked in only a few tones, but was still able to convey remarkable depth and clarity.


    Condition Report*: Some staining in upper left corner possibly due to old framing, 1 1/4 inch vertical scratch below center rock in foreground, otherwise very good condition.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    May, 2008
    8th Thursday
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