Aiding a Comrade. 1890 Frederic Remington (1861-1909)
Born in upstate New York, Frederick Remington came from wealth. His father was in the newspaper business and hoped his only son would go to college even though his early interests were hunting, fishing and hiking. In 1878 Remington enrolled at Yale's School of Fine Arts. His father died while Frederick was only a year and a half into his studies, so he left school and tried ranching in Montana. after several business ventures, a sheep ranch, hardware store, and saloon, and not enjoying the hard life in the West, he moved back to the East coast, with his wife who had been his childhood sweetheart, Eva Caten, and studied briefly at the Art Students' League.
He spent a great deal of time traveling to Arizona, Texas and New Mexico and became an illustrator for Harper's Magazine and Century Magazine. He also write articles creating a kind of mythical cowboy and took artistic liberties with the stories and illustrations.
During the 1890's he began to learn and master the art of sculpting, using the lost wax process. He also specialized in painting cowboys, and the military.
He was one of the first American Artists to illustrate the true gait of the horse, with the galloping horse his signature subject, copied by many he said, "the galloping horse must be incorrectly drawn from the photographic standpoint to achieve the desired affect." He used photography to help him illustrate his paintings for which he was criticized.
In great demand as an illustrator. He produced more than 3,000 drawings and paintings, twenty two bronze sculptures, a novel, a Broadway play, and over one hundred articles and stories. John Ford's film, "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" was inspired by Remington's work and the cigarette ad using the Marlboro Man was one of Remington's illustrations.
He gave Americans what they wanted to see in themselves, bravery, independence and optimism. He died in 1909 at the age of 48 following an emergency appendectomy.