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Frederic Remington

October 4, 1861 - November 25, 1909
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Frederic Remington was an American painter, illustrator, sculptor, and writer who specialized in depicting the Old American West during the last quarter of the 19th century. Remington was born on October 4th, 1861, in Canton, New York, and died on December 26th, 1909. at an early age, He began making sketches and drawing of soldiers and cowboys. His father was a colonel in the Civil War and thus pushed Frederic to pursue a career in the military. Frederic, however, had no aptitude to be a soldier and instead attended art school at Yale University, favoring action drawing over still life and technical studies. At nineteen, he made his first trip west to Montana, where he observed the vast prairies, buffalo herds, cattle ranches, and the last major confrontations of the U.S. Cavalry and Native American tribes. After several failed business attempts, Remington started sketching and painting in earnest. He began studying at the Art Students League of New York, significantly improving his skills and technique. Despite the competition with Winslow Homer and Eastman Johnson, Remington had the chance to submit illustrations and sketches to Collier’s and Harper’s Weekly and grow his career. As “The Soldier Artist,” he was a favorite of the Western Army officers fighting the last battles against the Native Americans, inviting him to create portraits (The Hussar, 1893, for example) and capture live scenes of battle. Praised and trusted for the accuracy of detail, his pictures brought visual information about the Old West to the eastern public. During the last two years of his life, Frederic moved increasingly into Impressionism instead of the photo-realism quality of his early work. Frederic Remington died after an emergency appendectomy led to peritonitis on December 26, 1909.

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