The Fall of the Cowboy
Oil on canvas
35 1/8 x 25 in.
signed l.r.: Frederic Remington
Amon G. Carter Collection
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Amon G. Carter Collection
In 1895, Owen Wister wrote “The Evolution of the Cow- Puncher” for Harper’s Monthly. This painting was one of the illustrations accompanying the article. Remington advised Wister to document the gradual end of the cowboy way of life—open ranges were becoming a thing of the past. Remington’s painting has a somber, wistful tone conveyed by the muted colors of a winter scene—a palette in keeping with the artist’s intent to mourn the transformation of cowboy traditions.
While this painting signals the end of the cowboy era, the subject never left the public’s imagination. Though Remington’s paintings and sculptures were perhaps the most widely distributed imagery of his generation, the other works on this wall signify popular desire for western imagery in works of all media.
From Remington to O’Keeffe: The Carter’s Greatest HitsOctober 6, 2018–March 22, 2019
During the renovation, this exhibition features highlights from the permanent collection, including paintings, photographs, and sculptures, by some of America’s most renowned artists.
Mythmakers: The Art of Winslow Homer and Frederic RemingtonDecember 22, 2020–February 28, 2021
American icon Winslow Homer, famous ocean painter, joins Frederic Remington, legendary cowboy artist, for the first exhibition to explore the unexpected resonances and moments of convergence between the themes, artistic sensibilities, and technical processes of these two artists.