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Frederic Remington
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Artist
    (October 4, 1861-December 26, 1909)
    Born in Canton, New York
    Painter/illustrator/sculptor
    Known for his depictions of the Old West
    Illustrator for Harper's and Collier's magazines
    Paintings include 'Mule Train Crossing the Sierras' (1888), 'A Dash for the Timber' (1889), 'His Last Stand' (1890), 'His First Lesson' (1903), 'The Smoke Signal' (1905) and 'Ridden Down' (1906)
    Sculptures include 'The Broncho Buster' (1895), 'Coming Through the Rye' (1902), 'The Cowboy' (1908), 'The Savage' (1908) and 'The Stampede' (1909)
    His first sketches for Harper's were so crude that the magazine hired someone to redraw them.
    He greatly exaggerated his experiences out West, falsely claiming to have been a cowboy and an Indian scout.
    He praised the Army's 'heroic' actions during the massacre at Wounded Knee (1890).
    He gained a lot of weight, ballooning to almost 300 pounds.
    He died of peritonitis following an emergency appendectomy that had been complicated by his extreme obesity.
    His work was known for its accurate detail and sense of action.
    He was chosen to represent American painting at the Paris Exposition (1889).
    During his life, two of his paintings were reproduced on US stamps (1898).
    He was a war correspondent during the Spanish-American War (1898).
    He was a major creator of the popular image of the American West that persists today.

Credit: C. Fishel


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