The Mountain Man

Artist: Frederic Remington (American, Canton, New York 1861–1909 Ridgefield, Connecticut)

Date: 1903, cast by March 1907

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: 27 3/4 x 12 x 10 in. (70.5 x 30.5 x 25.4 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1907

Accession Number: 07.79

Description

The Mountain Man depicts a dramatic moment in the daily life of a frontier trapper, in which he and his mount work together to descend a precarious slope. Cast by New York’s Roman Bronze Works foundry in the lost-wax technique, the earliest "Mountain Man" statuettes are sharply delineated with a rich variety of textures, from the fringed buckskin garment to the animal’s hairy coat to the rocklike base. The Metropolitan Museum purchased this statuette—and three others—from Remington in 1907.

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