Lot Content

COVID-19 Important notice Read More
Frederic Remington (1861-1909)
Frederic Remington (1861-1909)
Frederic Remington (1861-1909)
5 More
Frederic Remington (1861-1909)
8 More
Frederic Remington (1861-1909)

The Mountain Man

Details
Frederic Remington (1861-1909) The Mountain Man inscribed 'Copyright by/Frederic Remington' and 'Roman Bronze Works N-Y-' (on the base)—inscribed 'No 50' (beneath the base) bronze with greenish-black patina 28 ½ in. (72.4 cm.) high
Provenance
Tiffany & Co., New York.
Mr. H.K. Noyes, Boston, Massachusetts, acquired from the above, 1921.
By descent to the present owner.
Literature
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. Mcracken, 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.

Brought to you by

William Haydock
William Haydock Head of Department, American Art

Lot Essay

Conceived in 1903 as Frederic Remington's ninth model in bronze, The Mountain Man effectively captures a scene of frontier life in the Old West, as a trapper and horse sharply descend a rugged pass. In order to depict the movement of the horse accurately, the artist relied on his collection of photographs of military officers as well as a live model: his friend and military Rough Rider, General Leonard Wood, who had served in the Spanish-American War. Because Remington wished to emphasize the high, steep slope of the mountain path, The Mountain Man is several inches higher than his other bronzes.

Michael Greenbaum notes, "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)

More From American Art

View All