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This dynamic bronze depicts a cowboy thrown from his horse. When frederic remington created the original bronze that this is recast from in 1904, he was at the height of his creative acumen and insight. Every detail, from the spur on his boots to the expression on his face and the exact, fluid proportions of the horse's kicking hind legs set the bronze in motion, and give it the full-blooded resonance of a moment from real life. "wicked pony" and other bronzes created by remington remain vital, indelible expressions of the spirit of the american west. The original bronze from 1904 has sold at auction at sotheby's new york for $2,752,000. "the wicked pony" is one of the most striking and sublime of remington's life-like bronzes. Given its popularity, the fine, detailed fidelity of this recast make it sure to increase in value. This gorgeous, expressive bronze would make a beautiful addition to the home of any lover of western art. A new yorker by birth, frederic remington (1861-1904)'s famed career as the quintessential western artist, was launched by a marriage proposal. The father of the prospective bride refused his daughter's hand to as feckless, improper artist. Remington headed west, partly to forget and partly to show that he was a true artist of worth. At 21, remington inherited $9,000 from his father's estate, bought a small ranch in kansas and with several other men eventually purchased a saloon in kansas city. Even though he was cheated by his partners and lost considerable money, remington had indeed been selling some paintings and drawings of his own, and he felt confident of his eventual success to return to new york, there marrying eva. However, with his inheritance gone, Remington found it hard to make a living on the sale of his paintings alone and began to illustrate for outing magazine, Harper's weekly, youth's companion and century. The century articles were written by Theodore Roosevelt, and the collaboration was eventually published in book form. Immensely popular, the book contained ninety-nine Remington drawings and greatly furthered his career. Remington lived in New York but repeatedly traveled west and was an observer of many historical events such as the battle at wounded knee. Not only did Remington record these events with pen, ink and paint, he wrote about them. The artists/journalist became a war correspondent to Cuba in 1898 where he witnessed the capture of San Juan hill. Remington called himself a historian by virtue of his collected magazine articles, illustrated by himself, and wrote two historical novels, john ermine of the Yellowstone and the way of the Indian. He also completed illustrations for his friend Owen Wister's done in the open. His bronzes, such as "bronco buster" and "the wicked pony," soon became iconic. In 1909, at the height of his fame, Remington died of appendicitis at the age of forty-eight. His death did not diminish the popularity of his drawings, paintings and bronzes and in the years since, his works have been used to constantly illustrate the history of the american west.

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WICKED PONY Bronze Sculpture by Frederic Remington 24"

Estimate $1,440 - $2,500Apr 27, 2019