The Cheyenne

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

Date: 1901, cast by March 1907

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: 20 1/4 x 25 x 8 in. (51.4 x 63.5 x 20.3 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1907

Accession Number: 07.80

Description

Remington's Cheyenne, copyrighted in 1901, depicts an Indian racing on horseback. Wearing only a loincloth and moccasins, the gaunt, muscular rider leans forward, gripping his mustang with his legs and clutching a spear in his left hand and a quirt in his right. His mount is depicted at full gallop, or "burning the air," as Remington described it: ears back, tail flowing in the wind, and all four hooves off the ground, effectively catching the urgent sense of forward motion that the sculptor intended. The finely chased buffalo skin that serves as a saddle trails off the horse to its right and, with a clump of grass, functions as the sculpture's support. The statuette's great textural detail is evident in the hair of the horse's hide and the wooly quality of the buffalo skin. The Cheyenne is cast as a single unit, enabled by the lost-wax casting process at Roman Bronze Works foundry that Remington switched to in 1900.

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