"Coming Through the Rye"
515. Frederic Remington, "Coming Through the Rye", Bronze Sculpture. This is one of the finest reproductions of Remington's work and is in mint condition. The size 16" x 14". This is a genuine bronze sculpture created in the lost wax method and has a beautiful patina and sits on a fine Italian marble base. It is in mint condition. This piece has great movement and detail and terrific patina as noted in the snaps.
Coming through the Rye is Frederic Remington's most ambitious bronze sculpture, and it shows the artist's interest in the wild and carefree nature of the cowboys of the Wild West.
As Harold McCracken writes, "Coming through the Rye represents four cowboys mounted on broncos dashing at full gallop, waving their six-shooters over their heads with quirts flying from their wrists. They have the spark of abandon and deviltry in their hollow eyes; and their mouths are open as though in the act of shrieking out some wild Western apostrophe to the red gods of recklessness. The broncos, snorting and straining forward, are shoulder to shoulder, and their flying hooves emphasize the devil-may-care of such a mad ride." The technical feat of creating a sculpture in which the outer horses do not even touch the ground pleased Remington greatly, as he pushed the limits of bronze casting and imbued his subjects with a naturalistic energy. (Source: Art Bronze)
It was cast in the US by the American Bronze Foundry and was part of the inventory of the now defunct American Heritage Gallery in Washington DC. Pieces were created using the time honored process of lost wax casting which remains essentially unchanged from the process employed centuries ago. Careful planning, painstaking preparation and hundreds of hours of intensive work is evident in each sculpture. Extraordinary details remains foremost as each piece receives a beautifully rich, hand polished patina or high gloss finish. Excellent condition. Ca late 1900's.
Frederic Remington (1861-1909): Depicted the life of the cowboy during the 1880's and 1890's better perhaps than any other artist of his time. He thought of himself as a true citizen of the American West.
A native of Canton, New York, Remington left college at the age of 19, looking for adventure in the West. Remington operated his own ranch in Kansas and in 1886 he gave it up as a failure and came back to the East. The experience served him well in his later career as an artist. "What success I have had", Remington once told a newspaper reporter, "has been because I have a horseman's knowledge of a horse. No one can draw equestrian subjects unless he is an equestrian himself".
As an artist, Remington first made a name for himself as an illustrator and painter, and began sculpting only 14 years before his death in 1909. "I was impelled to try my hand at sculpture by a mental desire to say something in the round as well as flat. Sculpture is the most perfect expression of action. You can say it all in clay." The first Remington in clay was "Bronco Buster", completed in 1895.
Among his admirers were Theodore Roosevelt, who once said that "Remington portrayed a most characteristic and yet vanishing type of American life. The soldier, the cowboy, the rancher, the Indian, the horses and cattle of the plains will live in his pictures and bronzes, I verily believe for all time". (Source: F&R Bronze)