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Frederic Sackrider Remington (October_4, 1861 - December_26, 1909) was an American painter, illustrator, and sculptor who specialized in depictions of the American West. He was born in Canton, New York. He spent a childhood hunting and riding, but began to make drawings and sketches of imaginative figures. The family later moved to Ogdensburg, New York.
He attended the art school at Yale University, finding that football and boxing were more interesting than art, and then returned home when his father died to assume some clerical work in Albany, New York. He soon made his first excursion west and became a businessman in Kansas City. He married Eva Caten in 1884 and studied at the Art Students League in New York City. He soon began to submit illustrations, sketches, and other works for publication with the western theme. Much of his early work appeared in Collier's and Harper's.
Although he is world-famous for his many depictions of life in the American West, Remington only visited the region briefly several months at a time. He was in time to capture images of the western United States before the area was considered closed by virtue of the subduing of the wilder elements and the inroads of civilization that ended the frontier lifestyle.
In 1898 Remington was a war correspendent and illustrator for the Spanish-American War, sent to provide illustrations for William Randolph Hearst. Although he soon became bored with his task, he was present to witness the assault on San Juan Hill by American forces, including those lead by Theodore Roosevelt.
External links and references
- artcyclopedia.com on Remington
- PBS on Remington
- Remington biographical material
- Frederic Remington: The Truth of Other Days at Movie Tome
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