October 29, 2011

An artist hugely underestimated...

Color in the mid-day sun:

We had fun looking at the way Frederic Remington saw vivid colors in the dark of night.

Here, on the other hand, is a different illustrator who looked at a bright mid-day scene and painted a study in gray:...

Enjoy the fastidious details shown of a certain painting. Then scroll down to see what it is you are looking at. You will be surprised....

Posted by John Weidner at October 29, 2011 8:35 PM

Some historian (McCullough, perhaps) once noted that our ideas of the American West of the 19th century were produced by the minds of three educated, upper-class Easterners -- Teddy Roosevelt, Owen Wister (author of The Virginian), and Frederick Remington.

Posted by: Terry at October 30, 2011 10:47 AM

I've found McCullough's essay on Remington at googlebooks: http://books.google.com/books?id=-0i43lUIrPcC&lpg=PA74&ots=MjsYee52ni&dq=mccullough%20essay%20remington&pg=PA71#v=onepage&q&f=false
Remingtom had an upper-middle-class upbringing and was well educated but he hit on hard times before he made money from painting. I would change the word "upper-class" in my earlier comment to "privileged".

Posted by: Terry at October 30, 2011 8:47 PM
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