Winslow Homer (1836–1910) and Frederic Remington (1861–1909) represent a distinct artistic strain of the American mythos: both were celebrated in their day as homegrown, self-taught artists whose work offered a vision of American identity rooted in self-reliance, vigor, and a deep connection to the outdoors. This groundbreaking book is the first to consider the two artists together, revealing unexpected resonances between their artistic themes, careers, techniques, and lives. The publication highlights their formative years as war correspondents, their portrayals of adventure and masculinity, and their bold experimentation with different media.
These pages showcase seventy-eight illustrations, paintings, sculptures, and watercolors by Homer and Remington—a number of which rank among the great works of American art. Four essays address the surprising similarities and shared experiences between the two contemporaries, and a fifth essay on their techniques, the first of its kind, illuminates their creative practices. An extensive chronology traces the artists’ careers and lifetimes, and, finally, an introduction by critic Adam Gopnik situates them within the long, empirical tradition in American art, observing that “seeing them together, we see the shape of our own self-making and, with it, the enduring wisdom of our own self-doubt.”
Margaret C. Adler is curator at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Jennifer R. Henneman is associate curator at the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum. Diana J. Greenwold is Curator of American Art at the Portland Museum of Art. Claire M. Barry is director of conservation, and Peter Van de Moortel is assistant conservator, both at the Kimbell Art Museum. Adam Gopnik is a writer, essayist, critic, and staff writer for the New Yorker. Thomas Brent Smith is director of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum.
As Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington
Denver Art Museum
(March 15, 2020–date tbd)
As Mythmakers: The Art of Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington
Portland Museum of Art
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth
224 pages, 9 1/2 x 11
179 color illus.