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Frederic Remington - The Track in the Winter Forest 30.875" x 19.5"

Frederic Remington - The Track in the Winter Forest 30.875" x 19.5"

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Frederic Remington (American, 1861-1909)
The Track in the Winter Forest, ca. 1889-1890

Oil on canvas en grisaille
Canvas: 30.875” x 19.5”
Frame: 35.5” x 23.875”


Frederick Remington was an American painter, illustrator, writer, and sculptor. He specializes in the genre of Western American Art, depicting scenes mostly from the Western US in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Here we see a hunting scene, perhaps inspired by Remington’s own expedition as a young man hunting grizzly bears in New Mexico. In this piece, a snow-laden forest is captured through a monochrome palette, the frozen landscape dominated by the stoic presence of two hunters. The artist captures both beauty and harshness, conveying not only the physical coldness but also the palpable tension as the hunters navigate the silent wilderness in search of their elusive quarry.

Private Collection, Longwood, Florida
Private Collection, by descent, Venice, California
Private Collection, Utah

Orlando Museum of Art, long term loan from Mary Hawkins Turner, (9.1984.2), Orlando, Florida, December 1984 - 2020.

Peter Hassrick and Melissa Webster, Frederic Remington, A Catalogue Raisonné, Cody, Wyoming: Buffalo Bill Historical Center, 1996, vol. I, no. 975, p. 311.

Original Use:
"Antoine's Moose-Yard," Harper's Monthly, New York: Harper & Brothers, vol. LXXXI, October 1890, no. 485, illustrated p. 659, wood engraving.

This work has been restored. The canvas is lined with Beva-371 as an adhesive. The paint layer is clean and varnished. Retouches are clearly visible under ultraviolet light. There is a diagonal line of retouching to some cracks in the snow in the lower left, measuring about 2 1/2 inches. There are three or four retouches in the base of the tree trunk on the far left, and a group of small retouches in the center of the left side in and around this same tree trunk. There are a few retouches in the snow on the branches in the upper center, and in the branches above the heads of figures. In the figure on the left, there is a retouching to a long crack beneath his left arm running into the landscape beyond. There is a small retouch in his cheek on the right, and another in his hat. In the figure on the right, there is only a group of retouches on the right side of his face and a small one in the cheekbone on the left, which also enters the landscape beyond. The restorations do not address any abrasion or structural damage. They are accurately applied to isolated losses. The works should be hung in its current state.

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