Casting - The Bronco Buster | Artopia

Frederic Remington

A Closer Look

Look at the movement in The Bronco Buster. It seems to jump right out of the metal cast. The horse rears up on its hind legs, pushing the cowboy into the air. Remington takes our eyes in two directions. One view takes us up to the cowboy and the other to the horse‚Äôs head. This keeps us looking at all angles of the sculpture. Make your own artwork that shows movement. It could be a sculpture of a pet in a playful mood, a person running, or maybe a machine.

About the Sculpture

The Bronco Buster may be the most popular sculpture Frederic Remington ever made. It is typical of the dramatic subjects Remington used in his artwork, which included many images of cowboys. Remington modeled The Bronco Buster in clay and cast it twice. The first time he used the sand casting method. Then he recast the sculpture using the lost-wax technique.

About the Artist

Although he was born in the East and spent most of his life there, Frederic Remington created a lasting vision of the American West. As a young man he traveled in the West, making sketches that he sold to major magazines. He created more than three thousand drawings and paintings and twenty-two bronze sculptures during his lifetime. He was also a writer and a journalist.


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