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Frederic Remington Art Museum

303 Washington Street, Ogdensburg, NY 13669 • 315-393-2425

‘The soldier, the cowboy & rancher, the Indian…. will live in his pictures. And bronzes, I verily believe all time.” Theodore Roosevelt October 1907

RemingtonEntryWe all know his work, even if we do not know his name.

At this last Fall Fiesta, which went north along Lake Ontario, one of our more interesting stops along this rally was the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, New York.

Remington, now considered one of our nation’s greatest artists, was also known for his prolific writings and specialized in tales of high adventure in the West. His magazine articles were collected into books, and he published works of fiction as well, amounting to eight books in all including Pony Tracks, Crooked Trails and Stories of Peace and War.

His magazine work also included self-assigned reporting missions, which resulted in many articles both written and illustrated by Frederic Remington.

Remington made his name as an illustrator, mostly of western and military subjects, for most of the widely circulated magazines of the late 1800s. Among the magazines he illustrated were Harper’s Weekly, Harper’s Monthly, Century, Collier’s, Outing, Boys’ Life, and Cosmopolitan. He remains most closely associated with depictions of the old West.

He created most of the art for reproduction in books and magazines using black and white media: pen and ink, ink wash and gouache, and black and white oil.

RemingtonDrawingOver his career he completed over·3,000 flat works but what he is best known for are his incredible bronze statues.

It was in 1895 that Remington began to make sculptures, producing 22 different subjects – many of which have become American icons.

He first worked in clay and then his clay models were cast in bronze at art foundries. His first four subjects were cast using the sand casting method at the Henry-Bonnard Co. In 1898 he began working exclusively with Roman Bronze Works, N.Y., which employed the lost wax casting method.

To ensure accuracy Frederic Remington traveled west time and again to report for magazines and to accumulate photographs, make sketches and buy props for his studio. This enabled him to create accurate details and gain inspiration each day in the comfort of his studio.

The Museum:

RemingtonOutsideFounded in 1923 the museum is housed in Remington’s own home on Washington Street in Ogdensburg.

The main building of the Frederic Remington Art Museum was built in 1810 by David Parish, an early developer of large tracts of land in St. Lawrence County and a prominent player in the shipping and lumber industry. He resided in the home until 1816 when he returned to Europe. Other Parish family members followed and occupied the property into the 1860s.

After Frederic Remington's death in 1909, this home became the residence of his wife, Eva. This was made possible through the generosity of Ogdensburg industrialist, George Hall, and the Remington's friend, John Howard. Eva lived here with her sister, Emma, from 1915 to 1918. The Museum was founded as the Remington Art Memorial in 1923. The original collection, which was derived from the estates of Eva and Emma, included Frederic's sculptures, oil paintings, family possessions, personal art collection and studio contents.

Since the Museum's founding, purchases and donations of Remington art and personal artifacts have added significantly to the breadth of this internationally acclaimed collection.RemingtonSculpture1

We had a number of our ralliers head to the Frederic Remington Art Museum while we were there and it was amazing to see bronzes, such as the Bronco Buster, Coming Thru the Rye and The Cheyenne up close and personal.

We found his paintings just as enticing and the home, now museum, to be a wonderful example of the period and style of architecture that exemplified the era.

While riding in the Thousand Island region of New York State a stop at the Frederic Remington Art Museum is not only well worth – it is almost demanded. RemingtonItems