The Broncho Buster

Frederic Remington American
Cast by Roman Bronze Works

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 765

Remington’s first sculpture, The Broncho Buster, was celebrated as an expressive rendering of an iconic American cowboy—an epic and "authentic" man hardened by experience. Here, the White cowboy singlehandedly tames a wild horse, a metaphor for his confident dominion over nature and, by extension, Euro-American colonization of Indigenous lands. In his quest for perfection, Remington produced this enlarged version of his most popular sculpture during the last year of his life, working in a looser and broader style. He died after casting the revised plaster, but before any bronzes were produced.

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The Broncho Buster, Frederic Remington (American, Canton, New York 1861–1909 Ridgefield, Connecticut), Bronze, American

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