The Broncho Buster
1909, cast ca. 1910-1914
Cast by Roman Bronze Works
32 1/8 x 29 3/4 x 19 1/2 in.
No. 5 of an estimated 19 estate casts made during Eva Remington's lifetime. No casts were completed during the artist's lifetime, although one cast was underway just before his death.
signed on the top of the base: Copyright by \ Frederic Remington
Inside the base: N[o]. 5--
On the side of the base: ROMAN BRONZE WORKS[.]N-Y-
Amon G. Carter Collection
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Amon G. Carter Collection
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.
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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?
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?
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