Frederic Remington (1861-1909)
Property from the Estate of Fred Carroll
Frederic Remington (1861-1909)

'The Mountain Man'

Frederic Remington (1861-1909)
'The Mountain Man'
inscribed 'Copyright by./Frederic Remington' (on the base)--'ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N-Y- (along the base)--inscribed 'No 48' (beneath the base)
bronze with brown patina
28¾ in. (73 cm.) high
Private collection.
J.N. Bartfield Galleries, New York.
Private collection.
Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York.
Private collection, Wichita, Kansas.
R. Isaacson, Frederic Remington: A Painter of American Life, Brooklyn, New York, 1943, n.p., another example illustrated.
H. McCracken, Frederic Remington: Artist of the Old West, New York, 1947, n.p., pl. 44, another example illustrated.
A.T. Gardner, American Sculpture: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1965, pp. 75-76, no. 07.79, another example illustrated.
H. McCracken, Frederic Remington: A Pictorial History of the West, Garden City, New York, 1966, p. 263, no. 370, another example illustrated.
The Paine Art Center and Arboretum, Frederic Remington: A Retrospective Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, exhibition catalogue, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 1967, n.p., no. 47, another example illustrated.
P.H. Hassrick, Frederic Remington: Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture in the Amon Carter Museum and the Sid W. Richardson Foundation Collections, New York, 1973, pp. 194-95, another example illustrated. B. Wear, The 2nd Bronze World of Frederic Remington, Upper Montclair, New Jersey, 1976, pp. 72, 107, pl. 9, J-2, another example illustrated.
R. W. Norton Art Gallery, Frederic Remington (1861-1909): Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1979, p. 74, nos. 51-52, another example illustrated.
Denver Art Museum, Frederic Remington: The Late Years, exhibition catalogue, Denver, Colorado, 1981, p. 60, another example illustrated.
M.E. Shapiro, Cast and Recast: The Sculpture of Frederic Remington, exhibition catalogue, Washington, D.C., 1981, pp. 52, 78-79, 106, another example illustrated.
M.E. Shapiro, P.H. Hassrick, Frederic Remington: The Masterworks, New York, 1988, pp. 204-05, pl. 57, another example illustrated.
J. Ballinger, Frederic Remington, New York, 1989, p. 110, another example illustrated.
M.D. Greenbaum, Icons of the West: Frederic Remington's Sculpture, Ogdensburg, New York, 1996, pp. 31, 106-12, 192, another example illustrated.
Gerald Peters Gallery, Remington: The Years of Critical Acclaim, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1998, pp. 104-05, another example illustrated.
B. Dippie, The Frederic Remington Art Museum Collection, Ogdensburg, New York, 2001, pp. 140-41, another example illustrated.

Lot Essay

In The Mountain Man, Frederic Remington effectively captures a scene of frontier life as a trapper and horse sharply descend a rugged pass. Because Remington wished to emphasize the high, steep slope of the mountain path, The Mountain Man is several inches higher than his other bronzes. Remington's ninth sculpture, like so much of his most successful art, depicts a figure type of the Old West. Initially conceived in 1903, The Mountain Man was one of the first examples of Remington's work acquired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art for its permanent collection.

After spending two years as one of the first students in Yale University's newly formed Art School, Remington traveled west in 1880 and became enamored with the lifestyle he experienced in Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas. Drawing upon his extensive sketches from his travels, Remington was soon able to gain recognition as an illustrator for publications such as Harper's Weekly and The Century Magazine. Critics and the public alike were drawn to the stunning realism of his work and his sculptures found immediate success.

Michael Greenbaum comments that "during Remington's lifetime, The Mountain Man was one of his most critically accepted works. It was one of two groups purchased in 1905 by the Corcoran Gallery of Art and one of four subjects bought in 1907 by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It remains one of his most enduring sculptural works, a striking representational image of the frontier." (Icons of the West: Frederic Remington's Sculpture, Ogdensburg, New York, 1996, p. 107)

Early in his career, Remington was commissioned by Theodore Roosevelt to complete illustrations for his many articles on Western themes and specifically the Dakota Territories. Remington's drawings contained a remarkable sense of action and detail, while revealing an understated reverence for his subjects, all qualities that translated into his sculptures. Roosevelt would later say of Remington: "he has portrayed a most characteristic and yet vanishing type of American life. The soldier, the cowboy and rancher, the Indian, the horses and cattle of the plains, will live in his pictures and bronzes, I verily believe, for all time." ("An Appreciation of the Art of Frederic Remington," Pearson's Magazine, October 1907, vol. 18, p. 392)

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