The Cheyenne

Artist: Frederic Remington (American, Canton, New York 1861–1909 Ridgefield, Connecticut)

Date: 1901, cast by March 1907

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: 20 1/4 x 25 x 8 in. (51.4 x 63.5 x 20.3 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1907

Accession Number: 07.80


In 1901 Remington modeled this Cheyenne Indian racing on horseback. The muscular rider, wearing only a loincloth and moccasins, leans forward, clutching a spear and a quirt. His mount is depicted at full gallop, or “burning the air,” as Remington described it: ears back, tail flowing, and all four hooves off the ground. The buffalo robe that serves as a saddle trails off the airborne horse to its right and functions as the means of linking figures to the base.