painting of a cowboy riding a horse in the desert
(The Cowboy | Courtesy, Sid Richardson Museum)

FORT WORTH, TX – (September 16, 2022) – This fall, the Sid Richardson Museum celebrates 40 years of serving the Fort Worth community with art of the American West.

Opening September 24 at the Sid Richardson Museum, Night & Day: Frederic Remington’s Final Decade presents rare artwork made in the final decade of the iconic Western artist’s life as he shifted focus from work in illustration to fine art. The works included range from 1900 to 1909, the year that Remington’s life was cut short by complications due to appendicitis at the young age of forty-eight.

Alternating between color palettes of blue-green and yellow-orange, Remington created Western scenes using impressionist painting techniques.

“Remington’s ability to capture light in his canvases through his handling of color and paint
application is central to his final body of work,” said Scott Winterrowd, Director of the Sid
Richardson Museum. “We’re thrilled to culminate our anniversary year with an exhibit
spotlighting the strengths of the museum’s permanent collection alongside important loans
from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and
private collectors.”

Also on view are prints made after paintings that were previously destroyed by the artist. As
part of the campaign toward changing the perception of his art, Remington destroyed well over 100 works that did not satisfy his new artistic standards. In 1908, the artist recorded nearly 30 canvases, listing them in a personal diary as “burned up,” including three works cited, “redone, 1908.” Many of the destroyed works were preserved through half-tone reproductions published by Collier’s magazine. The inclusion of these images in the exhibition offers guests the opportunity to compare them with modified and remade compositions Remington produced in his final years.

An installation of Remington’s bronzes rounds out the presentation. Remington’s Revisions in Bronze shows side-by-side sculpture subjects he remade with different finishes in varying sizes.

Remington employed the lost wax casting process in creating his bronzes allowing him to
rework the wax model each time a sculpture was cast. The encrusted textures of the sculptures closely resemble the thickly painted surfaces of his canvases made between 1907 and 1909.

Exhibition programming kicks off October 7 with a lecture by art historian, Dr. Mark
Thistlethwaite, titled From Illustrator to Fine Artist: Frederic Remington’s Final Frontier.
Additional programming includes the Tea & Talk series, in-person lectures, a book program
focusing on the American West, and trivia nights. For details, visit
sidrichardsonmuseum.org/programs.

Night & Day: Frederic Remington’s Final Decade is on view at the Sid Richardson Museum in Fort Worth’s Sundance Square from September 24 through April 23, 2023. Museum admission is always free. Directions and hours can be found online at sidrichardsonmuseum.org.

About the Museum
The Sid Richardson Museum, a Fort Worth art museum located in historic Sundance Square, features permanent and special exhibitions of paintings by the premier Western artists, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. The works, reflecting both the romance and reality of the American West, are the legacy of the late oilman and philanthropist, Sid Williams Richardson. Most were acquired by him from 1942 until his death in 1959. The collection also includes works by Oscar E. Berninghaus, Charles F. Browne, Edwin W. Deming, William Gilbert Gaul, Peter Hurd, Frank Tenney Johnson, William R. Leigh, Peter Moran, and Charles Schreyvogel.

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