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    FREDERIC SACKRIDER REMINGTON (American, 1861-1909)
    A Mexican Buccaroo - In Texas, circa 1890
    Oil on canvas
    21-1/2 x 17-1/2 inches (54.6 x 44.5 cm)
    Signed lower left: Frederic Remington

    PROVENANCE:
    Newhouse Galleries, New York;
    Mr. and Mrs. F. Howard Walsh, Fort Worth;
    Walsh Family Art Trust, Fort Worth;
    Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, Fine American and European Paintings and Sculpture, May 24-25, 2007, lot 24030.

    LITERATURE:
    L.C. Harby "Texan Types and Contrasts," Harper's New Monthly Magazine, vol. 81, issue 482, July 1890, p. 241.

    By the time of his death in 1909, Frederic Remington was perhaps the most widely known artist of western subjects in the world. Adept as both a painter and sculptor, Remington created a body of work that in many ways defined the idea of the American West in the popular imagination. His paintings and drawings were seen by thousands of people throughout the world through such popular publications as Harper's Weekly and Monthly, Scribner's, and Collier's. He was admired by Theodore Roosevelt and writer Owen Wister (author of The Virginian) and illustrated the writings of both men. For much of his artistic career, Remington focused on western archetypes, calling his cowboys, trappers, and soldiers, "men with the bark on."

    His career as a western artist got off to a rough start. As a boy growing up in upstate New York, Remington dreamed of an adventurous life in the Old West. After spending a year at Yale, where he studied art and starred on the football team, Remington used a small inheritance from his father, to travel to Montana in search of the West of his imagination. Soon after arriving in Montana, he shared a campfire with a veteran freight wagon driver, who told Remington that the West he was in search was rapidly disappearing. Rather than being discouraged, Remington was inspired to capture the West in pictures as rapidly as possible. That first trip was made in 1881, by 1886 Remington had his first western image published, and by 1890, thanks to extensive travels on assignment for the leading magazines of the day, Remington was established as the country's leading painter of western subjects.

    A Mexican Buccaroo-In Texas is a classic example of Remington's early depictions of western types. Here he shows the forerunner of the American Cowboy, the Mexican vaquero clad in the traditional clothing of the Mexican cowboy, a sombrero, short jacket, and leather chaps. The illustration was one of many that Remington provided for L.C. Harby's "Texas Types and Contrasts," published in Harper's New Monthly Magazine in July of 1890. It was images like this one that largely established Remington's reputation. His work was most always based on direct observation in the field. Unlike his contemporary painter, Charles M. Russell, who often painted the cowboys that he knew and worked with, Remington tended to combine his observations of several people into archetypal figures. Here he places a lone vaquero against a rather stark and barren landscape that emphasizes the qualities that Remington attributed to his cowboys and vaqueros: ruggedness, self-sufficiency, and determination.

    Using a very limited palette, Remington is able to a create a powerful image that represents a particular time, place, and way of life.





    Condition Report*: Minor in-painting scattered in background areas, notably linear in-painting along top and right edge of sky, 2 x 1 in. patch along right side, and 2 x 2 in. patch to the left of horse's legs; otherwise this lot is in 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, 2010
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