Artist: Frederic Remington (American, Canton, New York 1861–1909 Ridgefield, Connecticut)
Date: 1895, revised 1909, cast by November 1910
Dimensions: 32 1/4 x 27 1/4 x 15 in. (81.9 x 69.2 x 38.1 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of Jacob Ruppert, 1939
Accession Number: 39.65.45
In his quest for perfection, Remington worked on an enlarged version of his first and most popular sculpture, “The Broncho Buster,” during the last year of his life. For the original work, completed in 1895, the artist adapted the subject, a cowboy breaking in a rearing horse, from his drawing “A Pitching Broncho,” published in “Harper’s Weekly” in 1892. This later version was modeled from scratch, in a looser and broader style. Remington died after casting the revised plaster but before any bronzes were produced.