Frederic Remington's 1902 painting The Cowboy is a work of drama, movement, and myth. First sending visual accounts of his early journeys to the 'wild' west to the leading weekly journals to his day, Remington was quickly accepted by an audience hungry for figurative reproductions of the rugged workers who were quickly transforming into living legends. Depicting not a realistic embodiment of everyday life in the rough terrain of the western frontier and more aptly depicting the image his Northern audience had formed in their minds, The Cowboy is therefore a prime example of the enterprising young Remington embedding himself firmly in the American consciousness. So enduring were his mythologized figures that they would become the templates for the Western genre of cinema that dominated the industry three decades after Remington's death. During his short career, the artist produced a prodigious volume of sketches, drawings, and paintings, most of which were set outdoors, featuring little landscape and depicting the Western frontiers of the American nation. Painting for a populist audience, Remington's canvases were not challenging works of art, but were accessible and technically brilliant narratives that unfold within the static frame of the canvas.
His breakthrough work, 1889's A Dash for the Timber was completed to his commissioner's request of “a life-threatening situation”. The artist enjoyed exploring the motif so much that the theme would come to dominate much of his work. His affective and emotive documents of a turbulent frontier went a long way in consolidating and solidifying the image of the heroic cowboy that would dominate American film screens in the mid-twentieth century. By the time Remington began painting The Cowboy, the leading American magazine, Collier's, was buying his works on a continuous basis. Learning how to master his evocative reproductions of daytime and nighttime drama, Remington's works depict an unseen threat, lingering somewhere out of the frame, capturing the paranoia and isolationism of late-nineteenth century America.
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