Have you ever wanted to experience the intensity of the Wild West? Then Frederic Remington’s many sculptures, paintings, and illustrations might interest you. As a child Remington showed his artistic skill. His school notebooks were full of sketches mostly of horses. As a boy Remington was particularly fond of horses. In his early childhood Remington was an accomplished horse rider, a skill he learned from his father who was a cavalry officer during the civil war. Remington often painted what he experienced in real life. Remington’s experiences in his early life contributed to his particular style in his paintings, illustrations and sculpting.
Born on October 1st, 1861 in Canton, New York; where his father was a newspaper publisher. As a boy he sketched horses, cowboys, Indians and soldiers.
After attending a Massachusetts military academy from 1876 to 1878, he entered Yale University Art School in New Haven, Connecticut at age seventeen. In 1880 Remington’s father died giving him his fathers inheritance, he left school shortly after his father died. Remington took several jobs but he could not settle down. At age 19 Remington traveled to the western part of the United States.
It was at this point in Remington’s life that he received his true inspiration for his artwork. This part of his life gave a while new meaning to the Wild West. He said, “…the more I looked the more panorama unfolded.” As Remington traveled the west he remembered what he saw. With Remington’s artistic skill, he observed the many details of the west, like the Indian tribes such as the Comanche, Sioux, Apache and many others. Then, on a piece of wrapping paper, Remington sketched a scene of the West and sent it off to Harpers Weekly magazine in New York. Although his technique was not developed enough the art director accepted it and printed it in the magazine.
Remington felt encouraged by his success with Harpers Weekly, bu...