One of the greatest American works in bronze ever created is Frederic Remington’s The Broncho Buster. It was his first bronze. Number six was The Cheyenne, which would be followed a year later by another iconic sculpture, Coming Through the Rye. To call these simply great works of art is an understatement—they are timeless. For The Cheyenne, sculpted in 1901 by Roman Bronze Works using the lost-wax casting method, Remington created a heroic image of a Native American on horseback. “…Frederic Remington’s Cheyenne…presents a historical image of a highly visible defiant warrior on a pony, a sculpture that Remington described as ‘burning the air.’ His patrons admired the statuette’s tour de force modeling, the extraordinary casting in which a draped bison robe supports the flying horse, and the patination and chasing that animate the tactile surface,” writes Carol Clark in The American West in Bronze, the catalog for the hit exhibition at the Met in 2013. “The animal moves as swiftly and as confidently as its rider, who tilts forward at the waist, gripping his mount with muscular buttocks, thighs and calves. Mouth open in a cry that distorts his face, one hand holding a lance, the other clenching a quirt, with a shield on his back and knife at his waist, the man exudes power. But against whom does he ride into battle—enemies from another tribe or soldiers of the U.S. Army? Whoever the foe, by the time Remington’s sculpture was made in 1901 and cast, it presented a vision of the past.”
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