Meet the Masters
THE SCOUT CLARK INSTITUTE WILLIAMSTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS
American West Date: circa 1900-1905 Size: 27" x 40" Medium: Oil
ARTIST - Frederic Remington was an American artist born in Canton, New York. His father was a newspaper editor. He studied at Yale University Art School from 1878 to 1880 and then at the Art Students' League of New York.
At the age of nineteen, he traveled to the American West. He gained a feeling for life. Remington had a childhood love of horses and outdoor life. He became well known for his action filled paintings, drawings and
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the spirit of the West. His realistic documentary artist of this time.
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Remington's work is known for its swift action and realistic cowboys and Indians. He didn't sit home and ask Indians to come to pose for him. He went out to the Wild West and painted them as he saw them in their daily lives. For example, he often painted Indians as plain everyday Indians and not dressed up in feathers and war paint. He did the same for soldiers and cowboys, showing them as real people, lazy or hard working, good or bad, dirty or clean.
As for the horses that Remington painted, each horse is special, different from the others and full of life.
PRINT - The Scout, is the type of painting which made Remington famous. This is a picture of an Indian, dressed in common clothing, looking off into the distance to see what lies ahead, friends or enemies. Both the Indian and his horse are painted realistically. The colors he selected are bright and he uses shading and value to make his objects look less flat. His pictures help us understand what it must have been like to live in those times. You can almost imagine what The Scout is thinking.
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