From Staff Reports
FORT WORTH – The Sid Richardson Museum has extended its exhibition Violent Motion: Frederic Remington’s Artistry in Bronze, featuring 11 action-filled bronze casts of horses and their riders sculpted by the iconic western artist.
The exhibition will remain on view in Fort Worth through Sunday, Aug. 11. Violent Motion includes 10 bronzes on loan from private collections and one on loan from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Of these, 10 are lifetime works, cast while the artist was alive.
This focused exhibition unites paintings from the collections of Sid Richardson and that of his close friend, Fort Worth newspaper publisher Amon G. Carter Sr. (1879–1955).
Carter and Richardson shared a love of the west and the artwork of Remington and Charles M. Russell. The collaboration in this exhibition is symbolic of their friendship.
Remington’s bronzes are juxtaposed with his paintings from the Richardson and Carter Museums to demonstrate how his artworks reveal action in a two-dimensional versus a three-dimensional medium.
“We appreciate the generosity of the private collectors and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in allowing us to extend this remarkable exhibition for the summer,” said museum Director Mary Burke. “The exhibition, which includes two casts of The Norther and The Cheyenne, affords a unique opportunity to compare changes made by Remington between earlier and later casts of each subject.”
“Only three casts of The Norther were made,” said Rick Stewart, guest curator of the exhibition and one of the nation’s leading authorities on Remington. “Since this exhibition has two of those casts on loan from private collections, such comparisons have never been publicly displayed before, to my knowledge.”
Stewart is a former director of the Carter Museum.
Admission to the museum and docent-guided tours are always free. The museum provides tours of the Remington exhibition on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. On every fourth Saturday, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., the museum holds Gallery Chats with a docent leading an informal tour of the collection. Group tours are by appointment only.
The museum, located at 309 Main Street in downtown Fort Worth’s Sundance Square, is open daily except for major holidays during the following hours:
• Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
• Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
• Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
The museum is wheelchair accessible. The Museum Store features unique western gifts.
For information, visit www.sidrichardsonmuseum.org or call (817) 332-6554.
About the artist
During a career that spanned less than 25 years, Frederic Remington produced a huge body of work in illustration – initially for Harper’s Weekly – painting, sculpture and fiction and nonfiction, centering the vast majority of it on the west. His influence in shaping the west of the popular imagination cannot be overstated.
Born in Canton in northern New York on Oct. 4, 1861, the artist was inspired by his father’s tales of action as a cavalry officer in the Civil War.
After studying art for a year and a half at Yale University, he traveled to Montana in 1881 to experience the west. He made many trips out west and occasionally accompanied the U.S. Cavalry on patrol along the southwest frontier.
Although he exhibited in major art shows starting in 1888, he sought recognition as being not just an illustrator but an “artist” in the recognized sense of the term. He had become a well-established painter when he turned to sculpting in 1895, which earned him the critical respect for which he had striven. His subsequent success was due in part to his ability to recognize that, while painting and sculpture shared similarities in subject matter, composition, movement, and form, they had to be envisioned in fundamentally different ways. He was one of the few American artists to master both mediums.
By his death in 1909, he had completed 22 bronze sculpture subjects, many of which becoming the defining masterpieces of the western art tradition.
About Sid W. Richardson and His Collection
Oil, cattle, and land formed the basis of Sid Richardson’s lifework, and the Sid Richardson Museum is part of his legacy. His love for western art grew out of his ranching experiences, which provided him with vivid impressions of the American west.
He acquired the majority of the paintings in the collection, numbering more than 100, between 1942 and 1950. He became an avid collector of the works of Remington and Russell because he thought they captured, better than any other artists, the vitality, color, and motion that he had always associated with the west.
Richardson once said, “Anybody can paint a horse on four legs, but it takes a real eye to paint them in violent motion. All parts of the horse must be in proper position, and Remington and Russell are the fellows who can do it.”
The Sid Richardson Museum’s permanent collection includes paintings of the 19th-century American west by Remington, Charles M. Russell (1864-1926) and other artists of the era, amassed by the legendary Texas oilman and philanthropist, Sid W. Richardson (1891-1959). It is considered one of the most significant private collections of Remington and Russell paintings in the U.S. Visitors from all 50 states and 68 countries have toured the museum since its opening in 1982.
In addition to 23 paintings by Remington and 52 paintings by Russell, the collection includes works by other “old masters” of western art: Oscar E. Berninghaus – a founding member of the Taos Society of Artists, Charles Schreyvogel, Frank Tenney Johnson, William R. Leigh, Edwin W. Deming, Gilbert Gaul, and Charles F. Browne. These artists captured the romance and ruggedness of the western United States in the late 1800s, a time when most Americans had little firsthand knowledge of the frontier.