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The Bronco Buster

Brown bronze statue of man with riding crop atop a rearing horse.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • Brown bronze statue of man with riding crop atop a rearing horse.


Modeled 1895, cast 1899


Frederic Remington (American, 1861–1909)
Cast by Henry-Bonnard Bronze Co. (American, 19th century)

About this artwork

Although born, raised, and educated on the East Coast, Frederic Remington achieved considerable success as America’s leading illustrator of life on the western frontier. In 1894 he turned his skill and energy to sculpture. This vigorous portrayal of a cowboy taming a wild horse was the artist’s first effort in bronze, and with an illustrator’s eye for drama, he captured the single most illuminating moment of the event. Although the horse and rider struggle against each other, they are pulled together at the instant of utmost exertion. As the bronco rears up, back arched and splayed tail snapping, the cowboy leans forward, his whip suspended in midair as he clutches the reins and horse’s mane. This minutely rendered, spirited, and technically remarkable depiction of life in the West became one of the most popular American bronzes of the early twentieth century. The Art Institute’s version is one of nearly seventy made at the Henry-Bonnard Bronze Company of New York using the French sand-casting method.


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Arts of the Americas


Frederic Remington (Sculptor)


The Bronco Buster


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Modeled 1895


Bronze with brown patina


Right side of base: "Copyright by / Frederic Remington 1895" Left top of base: "Frederic Remington" with "55" in F of signature Rear top of base: "The Henry-Bonnard Bronze Co.: Founders N.Y. 1899" Mark on botton center: "no. 55"


60 × 54.7 × 34.5 cm (23 5/8 × 21 9/16 × 13 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

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