Beautiful Bronzes Added to Collection


For many years, a large bronze statue of an Indian Scout has been sitting with great distinction, one hand over his brow, seeking a trail that has long since been washed away by time and technology. The beautiful bronze by Cyrus Edwin Dallin was part of a collection of bronzes that Lyle and Shirley Weedin of Aurora had been gathering for decades, and was donated to the museum in the spring of 2011. It resides on the south side of the rotunda, in the center case.

This week, Kay (Weedin) Zvolanek of Lincoln decided to add two beautiful bronze sculptures by the famous Frederick Remington, also a part of her parents collection, to the exhibit.

Together, these three bronzes are a stunning addition, capturing a spirit of a time and place long lost.

From the collection of Lyle and Shirley Weedin

  • Front, L-R: "The Buffalo Signal" and "The Scalp*", by Frederick Remington, donated by Kay Zvolanek 2017

  • Back: "The Indian Scout" by Cyrus Edwin Dallin, donated by Shirley Weedin 2011

Frederic Sackrider Remington

October 4, 1861 - December 26, 1909

Frederic Sackrider Remington was an American painter, illustrator, sculptor, and writer who specialized in depictions of the Old American West. He produced 277 paintings. In 1888, two paintings of his paintings were reproduced on U. S. Postal stamps.

"My drawing is done entirely from memory. I never use a camera now. The interesting never occurs in nature as a whole, but in pieces. It's more what I leave out than what I add.” - Frederic Remington

Remington developed a sculptor's 360 degree sense of vision but thought of sculpture as a separate art for which he had no training or aptitude. He cast 22 different subjects, all of which have been reproduced with varying levels of value.

He also wrote and illustrated a full-length novel, The Way of an Indian.

Frederic Sackrider Remington died on December 26, 1909.

Read more on Frederic Remington:

https://www.frederic-remington.org/biography.html

Cyrus Edwin Dallin

November 22, 1861 – November 14, 1944

Cyrus Edwin Dallin was an American sculptor best known for his depictions of Native American men. He created more than 260 works, including the equestrian statue of Paul Revere in Boston, Massachusetts; the Angel Moroni atop Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah; and his most famous work, Appeal to the Great Spirit, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Conceived in 1910, “The Indian Scout” (sometimes called “The Scout”) was enlarged to monumental size for the Pan-Pacific Exposition of 1915. This monument, which was awarded a gold medal, was purchased by Kansas City, Missouri for display in Penn Valley Park.

Dallin was one of the first sculptors to recognize the plight of the American Indian and to devote his life and art to making dramatic and heroic monuments that proclaimed the Indian point of view. He was born in Springville, Utah, the son of Mormon pioneers. He was raised along with the Paiute and Ute Indians, exposure which set the course of Dallin's career.

Read more on Cyrus Dallin at:

http://www.harvardsquarelibrary.org/biographies/cyrus-dallin/

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