The Broncho Buster

Frederic Remington (1861–1909) Roman Bronze Works

Object Details

  • ca. 1910
  • Medium:
  • Bronze
  • Dimensions:
  • 32 1/8 X 29 3/4 X 19 1/2
  • Accession Number:
  • 1961.4
  • Artwork Credits:
  • Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Amon G. Carter Collection

Object Description

In November 1909, Remington began this large version of The Broncho Buster, commenting, “It will make your eyes hang out of your shirt, get ready to retire the small one.” The model was completed and shipped within weeks, but Remington died the day after Christmas and never saw the finished work.

Today, the sculpture is a powerful representation of cowboy mystique—the ruggedness and individuality of those legendary figures serving for some people as a symbol of American identity. This perhaps explains why a version resides in the Oval Office and can often be seen on a credenza in the background during televised presidential addresses.

Educator Resources

Essential Questions

  • What might be the benefits of using bronze to create a sculpture?
  • What process might an artist follow in creating a bronze sculpture?
  • How do artists create a sense of movement, motion, and action in their artworks?
  • How does a three dimensional artwork compare to a two dimensional one?
  • What role did art play in forming people’s perceptions of the American West?

Suggested Activities (Prek)

Have the students make a galloping sound with their hands on their legs. Also, have the students act like they are on the horse. How does it feel?

Suggested Activities (any grade)

Students will explore narrative by imagining what would happen if this sculpture were to come to life and the action were to play out.  Students can draw a picture or write a paragraph to tell the story about what happens next to the cowboy.

Students will create a setting. Imagine where this scene is taking place and draw or paint a setting to place the sculpture in.

To encourage close looking, students will select a detail from the sculpture and make a sketch of that detail. What is the shape? What kind of lines does that detail make? What is its texture?

Location: On View
Part of: Sculptures