The Broncho Buster

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

Date: 1895, revised 1909, cast by November 1910

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: 32 1/4 x 27 1/4 x 15 in. (81.9 x 69.2 x 38.1 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

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.