Natural Forces

Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington
Opens March 15, 2020

Winslow Homer, Indian Boy with Canoe, about 1895. Watercolor on paper. Denver Art Museum: The T. Edward and Tullah Hanley Memorial Gift to the people of Denver and the area, 197.417.

Winslow Homer, West Point, Prout’s Neck, 1900. Oil on canvas; 30-1/16 × 48-1/8 in. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts: Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1941, 1955.7. Image courtesy

Winslow Homer, Undertow, 1886. Oil on canvas; 29-13/16 × 47-5/8 in. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts: Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1924, 1955.4. Image courtesy

Frederic Remington, Fight for the Waterhole, 1903. Oil on canvas; 38-1/2 × 51-1/2 × 2-1/8 in. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: The Hogg Brothers Collection, gift of Miss Ima Hogg/Bridgeman Images.

Frederic Remington, The Fall of the Cowboy, 1895. Oil on canvas; 25 × 35-1/8 in. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Amon G. Carter Collection, 1961.230.

Frederic Remington, The Broncho Buster (Wooly Chaps), modeled 1895 (cast by 1906). Bronze; 23 × 15 × 25 in. Gift of the Roath Collection at the Denver Art Museum, 2013.92. Photography © Denver Art Museum

Frederic Remington, The Cheyenne, modeled 1901 (cast by 1903). Bronze; 20-7/8 × 24-3/8 × 7-1/2 in. Denver Art Museum: Funds from William D. Hewit Charitable Annuity Trust, 1981.14A-B. Photography © Denver Art Museum

March 15, 2020 – June 7, 2020
Hamilton Building - Level 1
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Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington will reveal connections between artistic themes and techniques used by acclaimed American artists Winslow Homer (1836-1910) and Frederic Remington (1861-1909) through 60 artworks.

Born a generation apart, both artists succeeded in capturing the quintessential American spirit through works of art at the turn of the late-19th and early-20th centuries, an era of growing industrialization and notions of the closing of the American western frontier. Homer, who was considered the most original painter of his time, prospered by creating masterful depictions of the Eastern Seaboard, while Remington became famous for his iconic representations of the American West. The work of these two self-taught artists continues to be celebrated as independent, innovative, and homegrown.

Natural Forces is co-organized and co-curated by a team of four curators, including the DAM’s Thomas Brent Smith, Curator of Western American Art and Director of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art, and Jennifer Henneman, Associate Curator of Western American Art; Diana Greenwold, Associate Curator of American Art at the Portland Museum of Art; and Maggie Adler, Curator at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. It will debut at the DAM before traveling to the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine, and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas.

A 225-page exhibition catalog, published in collaboration with Yale Publishing, will be available in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum and online. National leading scholars contributing to the publication include Smith and Henneman, along with Adam Gopnik, staff writer for The New Yorker, Maggie Adler, Diana Greenwold, and Claire Barry, Director of Conservation at the Kimbell Art Museum.

Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington is organized by the Denver Art Museum, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and the Portland Museum of Art. The national tour sponsorship is generously provided by Bank of America. Additional funding is provided by Robert and Carolyn Barnett, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.