Frederic Remington USA
10-4-1861 Canton, USA - 12-26-1909 Ridgefield, USABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Frederic Sackrider Remington was also a cousin to Eliphalet Remington, founder of the Remington Arms Company which is considered to be America's oldest gun maker. On the Warner side of his family, Frederic Remington was related to General George Washington, America's first president.
He was a poor student, though, particularly in math, which did not bode well for his father's ambitions for his son to attend West Point. He began to make drawings and sketches of soldiers and cowboys at an early age.
Frederic Sackrider Remington attended the art school at Yale University, studying under John Henry Niemeyer. Remington was the only student in the first year. He found that football and boxing were more interesting than the formal art training.
Living off his inheritance and modest work income, Remington refused to go back to art school and instead spent time camping and enjoying himself. At nineteen, he made his first trip west, going to Montana.
Frederic Sackrider Remington continued sketching but at this point his results were still cartoonish and amateur. After less than a year, he sold his ranch and went home. After acquiring more capital from his mother, he returned to Kansas City he reinvested his remaining money as a silent, half-owner of a saloon, with business doing badly, Remington started to sketch and paint in earnest, and bartered his sketches for essentials.
He soon had enough success selling his paintings to locals to see art as a real profession. Remington returned home again, his inheritance gone but his faith in his new career secured, reunited with his wife and moved to Brooklyn. He began studies at the Art Students League of New York and significantly bolstered his fresh though still rough technique.
His first one-man show, in 1890, presented twenty-one paintings at the American Art Galleries and was very well received. With success all but assured, Frederic Sackrider Remington became established in society. His personality, his "pseudo-cowboy" speaking manner, and "Wild West" reputation were strong social attractions.
Remington's fame made him a favorite of the Western Army officers fighting the last Indian battles. He was invited out West to make their portraits in the field and to gain them national publicity through Remington's articles and illustrations for Harper's Weekly.
Frederic Sackrider Remington was the most successful Western illustrator in the "Golden Age" of illustration at the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th Century, so much so that the other Western artists such as Charles Russell and Charles Schreyvogel were known during Remington's life as members of the "School of Remington". He took artistic liberties in his depictions of human action, and for the sake of his readers' and publishers' interest. Also, noteworthy was Frederic Sackrider Remington's invention of "cowboy" sculpture. From his inaugural piece, The Broncho Buster, he created an art form which is still very popular among collectors of Western art.
Art Movement: American Western Art, Nocturne, Tonalism
Influences: John Henry Niemeyer
Traveled: Mexico, Cuba
Influenced: Charles Russell, Charles Schreyvogel