Frederic Remington: The Color of Night
Nancy K. Anderson, William Sharpe, Alexander Nemerov, National Gallery of Art (U.S.), Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art, Denver Art Museum
National Gallery of Art, 2003 - Art - 228 pages
In the decade preceding his untimely death, Frederic Remington (1861-1909) produced a series of paintings that took as their subject the color of night. This richly illustrated volume is the first to present all of these works--some seventy paintings that secured for Remington the critical acclaim he so coveted. Indeed, these magnificent nocturnes marked an important new direction for the celebrated illustrator, writer, and sculptor of America's vanishing frontier.
In these deeply personal works, Remington explored the technical and aesthetic difficulties of painting darkness. Surprisingly, his images are filled with color and light--moonlight, firelight, candlelight. Focused on the subject the artist had made his own--the American West--these paintings reflect Remington's dramatic reworking of the narrative tradition as well as the spare modernism of his late work.
As the definitive resource on Remington's nocturnes, this volume pairs large reproductions of these stunning paintings--including newly conserved works and others not seen publicly since the artist's death--with commentary from his personal diaries and letters and from contemporary critics.
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Early in his short career, American painter/ sculptor Frederic Remington (1861-1909) had already become the principal avatar of frontier art, and his imagery still stands as the iconographic model ... Read full review