The Bronco Buster

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

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Date:

Modeled 1895, cast 1899

Artist:

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 Wild 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.

On View

American Art, Gallery 163

Artist

Frederic Remington

Title

The Bronco Buster

Origin

United States

Date

1895

Medium

Bronze with brown patina

Inscriptions

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"

Dimensions

61 × 39.4 × 17.8 cm (24 × 15 1/2 × 7 in.)

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.808

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