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Frederic Remington
UNTITLED (INDIAN ON HORSE)
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69
Frederic Remington
UNTITLED (INDIAN ON HORSE)
Estimate
600,000800,000
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Frederic Remington
1861 - 1909
UNTITLED (INDIAN ON HORSE)
signed Frederic Remington and inscribed Fort Sill-I.T. (lower left)
oil on canvas laid down on board
24 by 19 inches
(61 by 48.3 cm)
Painted in 1889.
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This work is number 00475.1 in the online catalogue raisonné of the artist's work at remington.centerofthewest.org.

Provenance

The artist
Eva Remington (his wife)
Private collection (gift from the above)
By descent to the present owner

Exhibited

Ogdensburg, New York, Frederic Remington Art Museum, October 2015-February 2019 (on loan)

Literature

Todd Moe, "Early Remington Oil Painting Makes Its Debut in Ogdensburg," North County Public Radio, October 15, 2015, n.p., illustrated
Larry Robinson, "Ogdensburg Gallery Receives Unknown Frederic Remington ‘Masterwork,’" The Journal, Ogdensburg, New York, October 15, 2015, n.p., illustrated

Catalogue Note

Frederic Remington was determined to become a successful artist and by 1886, after submitting illustrations to Harper’s Weekly, he was selected for an assignment in Arizona, joining the United States government on a military expedition. It was his first formal job as an illustrator and set the course for his continued success and his affinity for the genre.

In 1888 Remington was sent to Arizona again, this time hired by Century Magazine. Upon completion of a two-week scout through the region that summer, he visited the Indian territories of Fort Sill and Fort Reno. Remington was especially interested in the equestrian habits of the Indians who lived in the region and marveled at their skills as riders and their expertise in breeding what he called, “some of the most beautiful ‘painted’ ponies imaginable” (as quoted in B. Bryon Price, et al., Frederic Remington: A Catalogue Raisonné II, Norman, Oklahoma, 2016, p. 110). This subject matter became synonymous with Remington as an illustrator and painter. These intimate portraits convey the symbiotic relationship between man and horse, and the characters that permeated the American west.

Untitled (Indian on Horse) is a testament to the equestrian spirit of the Indians Remington witnessed on the reservation. The artist drafts the central figure and his horse in expert detail. The Comanche tribesman wears traditional garments, which are richly colored in contrast against the dark coat of the horse. Anatomically, the horse is modeled in naturalistic detail and it is here we see evidence of Remington’s early skills in the genre. The rider’s cowboy-style saddle is exact in its rendering, an element that fascinated the artist who mused in subsequent articles for Century Magazine on the riding gear that the Indians adapted and adorned with their personal touches. An Indian village can be gleaned in the distance of the composition, as the two figure’s ride through the grassy expanse of the Indian territory. Remington’s gentle treatment of the landscape provides a picturesque quality to this distinguished portrait.

Untitled (Indian and Horse) is one among a number of equestrian portraits the artist produced after his pilgrimage to the region. As the inscription indicates, the present work was executed on the site of Fort Sill reservation, now modern-day Oklahoma, in 1889. The central Indian figure appears to be the same model represented in other examples from this series, while the horses and their markings were unique to each portrait, the landscape subject matter in background was similarly varied with each example. A near identical gouache on paper titled A Comanche (Fig. 1) can be found in the collection of the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, New York. 

The present work was unknown to Remington scholars, having initially been gifted by the artist's wife to a private collector where it has descended in the family since.

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