Twenty years after the first edition was published in 1996, Frederic Remington: A Catalogue Raisonné II provides seven new essays on the artist and an updated appraisal of his body of work. The revised edition also boasts a companion website, which maintains a regularly updated list of authenticated two-dimensional works and serves as a key resource for scholars, collectors and enthusiasts. It is nominated for a High Plains book award in the art and photography category.
Editor and foremost Remington scholar, Peter Hassrick, provides the volume’s introductory essay, which recounts the history of the raisonné and the authentication committee’s findings to date and offers updated examples and categorical analysis of the types of inauthentic works examined since 1996. Hassrick’s original co-author, Melissa Webster Speidel, discusses the relationship between Howard Pyle and Remington during the Golden Age of Illustration. Her in-depth link between personality and ideology is similar to the approach taken by Laura F. Fry in her essay on Remington and William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. Sarah E. Boehme ties Remington to place and the landscape of Taos, New Mexico, while Doyle L. Buhler and B. Byron Price delve deep into the artist’s prolific output on the subjects of the horse and hunting, respectively. Ron Tyler unpacks Remington’s meaning laden descriptive, “men with the bark on,” to suggest a link between the universally understood west and its heroic characters.
The book’s numerous illustrations and large format color images bring home the dynamism and poetry of Remington’s art.
While the volume’s authors maintain the standard consensus behind Remington’s ideology on the American West and its artistic expression, the book’s contribution to Remington scholarship is in its deep dive into the artist’s connections with Western figures, landscapes, and contemporaries.