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While the New Yorker Frederic Remington is more often alluded to as one of the main influences behind the construction of the cowboy persona and aesthetics, his interests were not in any way restricted to the idea of the American Cowboy. Instead, Remington’s attention was often extended to include very different types of cattle handlers, wilderness travelers, and survivors in general. What that means for his work is that he would paint subject matters as diverse as the Florida cattle ranchers, Native American warriors, and traders, and, as is exemplified here, Mexican vaqueros.
The Mexican vaquero is, first and foremost, an heir of the Iberian tradition of cattle driving, developed from the interactions between European and Moorish traditions of dealing with livestock. A very similar tradition can be found in the South American Pampas under the name of the gaucho, a culture that spreads itself over central and southern Brazil, as well as through Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay. These traditions manifest themselves not only through cattle driving techniques but also in their very particular aesthetics, which mix Spanish and Moorish influences.
In this painting, which is very likely to have been painted in the early 1890s, following the artist’s first trip to Mexico, Remington translated into one stereotypical character what he must have seen as the most critical aspects of that human type. Now in possession of private collectors, the portrait depicts a man with a copiously well-groomed mustache, dressed in what seems to be excellent leather clothes and a traditional wide-brimmed straw hat. The man is casually leaning against a wall, looking at the observer with an air of superiority and self-worth. His pose indicates a rather flamboyant behavior, a characteristic often projected on Mexican ranchers by their American counterparts, which is interesting because Remington’s other depictions of vaqueros usually veer more towards the gruff and unkempt, not the fashionable.
While these slight changes in subject matter might seem like a distraction from Remington’s main style, they can also be seen as complementary to it. By attaching his name to these works, Remington is depicting what a cowboy is not, which in turn helps build the cowboy persona and aesthetic by contrast and comparison. These thematic detours would, in time, fundamentally shape the attire and perceived behavior of Remington’s cowboys.
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