Frederic Remington and the American West

Catalogue Raisonné Offers Insight Into Influential Artist

The Old West. For many of us, the term conjures up romantic (if largely unrealistic) visions of sitting around the campfire at night during a long cattle drive, relaxing as a cowboy sends mournful notes out across the vast expanse with his harmonica while coyotes howl an accompaniment in the distance; a sheriff poised for the draw against a desperate outlaw; or a line of Conestoga wagons transporting families toward the promised land. Or you might think, instead, of the devastating effect these westward travelers had on the natives who had had long called this area their home.

Whether your interest in this fascinating time period is that of a hobbyist or that of a serious scholar, a new publication published by the University of Oklahoma Press offers a valuable resource as well as simply a “good read.”

“The art of Frederic Remington continues to shape our ideas about the myth and reality of the American West. Readers of this new volume are sure to learn something new, and perhaps surprising, about the life, times and work of this great American artist,” said B. Byron Price, the Charles Marion Russell Memorial Chair and director of the Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West, as well as director of the OU Press.

Frederic Remington: A Catalogue Raisonné II, edited by Peter H. Hassrick, features 248 color and 28 black-an-white illustrations by one of America’s most popular and influential American artists. Through paintings, drawings and sculptures, Remington (1861–1909) immortalized a dynamic world of cowboys and American Indians, hunters and horses, landscapes and wildlife.

Frederic Remington: A Catalogue Raisonné II is described as “a comprehensive presentation of the artist’s body of flat work, both in print and on this book’s companion website.”

The book includes essays by art historians who explore Remington’s experiences in Taos, New Mexico, and other parts of the West. The chapters include analyses of his artistic development from an illustrator to a fine art painter; his search for and understanding of “men with the bark on”; his relationship with the famed illustrator Howard Pyle; and the shared imagery of Remington and “Buffalo Bill” Cody.

Other topics explored in the book include Remington’s enduring bond with the horse and its representation in his paintings, and Remington’s ties to Theodore Roosevelt that reveals how the two men helped move the American conscience toward wildlife preservation. Opening the collection is an assessment of the authentication process for evaluating Remington’s works.

Purchase of this book grants readers access to a companion website that brings together more than 3,000 reproductions of the artist’s flat works, including the complete original 1996 edition of the Catalogue Raisonné and nearly 300 previously unknown or relocated pieces. The online catalog is fully searchable and will be continuously updated as new information becomes available.

Frederic Remington: A Catalogue Raisonné II is published in cooperation with the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming. It features a foreword by Bruce B. Eldredge, with contributions by Sarah E. Boehme, Doyle L. Buhler, Laura F. Fry, Peter H. Hassrick, B. Byron Price, Melissa Webster Speidel and Ron Tyler.

The book, which is $75, may be purchased through the OU Press (oupress.com) or through Amazon.