Wednesday, January 7, 2015

"Frederic Remington and Charles Russell: Masterworks from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West" - Through April 19

Frederic Remington and Charles Russell helped to define Western art and American perceptions of the West.  This collaborative exhibition at the Longmont Museum with one of the premier museums in the western United States brings a remarkable collection of original Western art to Colorado. Many of the works in this exhibition have never been exhibited in Colorado, and some have never been shown outside their home in Cody, Wyoming.

Frederic Remington popularized the West.  Engravings based upon his arCharles M. Russell, The Bucker and the Buckaroo, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Gift of William E. Weisst helped to establish the view of the American West.  Despite his fame as a Western artist, he lived and worked in New York, taking periodic trips to the West for inspiration.
Made in 1905, Rattlesnake is a nicely made limited edition Remington Replica sculpture executed in bronze and is signed with the artist's name on the base. (Remington’s twelfth statuette, this statue is in the oval office of the white house) Dimensions: aprox. 23"h x 16"w weight (approx.) 54 lbs.

Charles M. Russell lived and worked in the West from an early age. He spent a year living with a branch of the Blackfeet nation and worked as a cowboy on Montana ranches before becoming a full-time artist in his late twenties.

Will Rogers, posthumous cast circa 1950s, Bronze with patina. 10-1/2 x 11 x 5-1/4 inches (26.7 x 27.9 x 13.3 cm) Signed and monogrammed on base: CM Russell 

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