Description In 1880 Remington went West, sending sketches of Western life back to Eastern newspapers. In 1886 he came back East and began painting. In 1894 he turned to modeling for bronze sculpture and was thrilled with the results: "My watercolors will fade but I will endure in bronze." Remington's vision of a great Plains Indian brave in a moment of tensed exertion as he enters the fray, spear held high, is riveting. The horse and rider seems to float, the buffalo hide trailing behind. While there is one best view, every side merits attention. The gestures of the man and the movement of the horse "suppose" an adversary and a prairie. The work is surprisingly self-sufficient; one does not wonder about the landscape. While Remington initially used sand casting, this is the first bronze to be cast by the lost wax process; the results are visible in the evocative texture of the buffalo robe.
- The Allure of Bronze. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
- Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
Provenance Acquired by Mr. and Mrs. H. Norman Baetjer, Stevenson, Maryland; given to Walters Art Museum, 1980.
Credit Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Norman Baetjer, 1980
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