"There are few things in this world that are unique to this country.
"The Western genre as a whole and the cowboy in particular go hand in hand as symbols that represent everything that is American. The cowboy that rode across the American West helped to settle this country. He braved Indian attack, wild horses, stampedes, drowning and every other form of horrible death imaginable. The cowboy’s time came and went, but it was glorious while it lasted. While it was a period of danger and death, it was also one of loyalty and honor." ~ Matthew Pizzolato
American Western Art is highly-valuable, collectible art, and moreover, it's entirely in rhythm with the heartbeat of America.
Two Cowboy Sculptures & & Christie's Auction House:
Christie's is the largest art business and fine arts auction house in the world. In 2007, Christie's Auction House sold Frederic Remington's "Bronco Buster" sculpture, cast number R8 bronze, standing 23-1/2" tall for $482,500.00.
Again, in 2008, Christie's sold Remington's "The Outlaw" sculpture cast number 14, bronze, standing 23" tall, for $662,500.00.
The Bucking Bronco Sculpture And the Presidential Oval Office:
The Oval Office, located in the West Wing of the White House, is the official office of the President of the United States.
Presidents generally decorate the office to suit their personal taste, choosing new furniture, new drapery, and designing their own oval-shaped carpet to take up most of the floor. Paintings are selected from the White House's own collection, or borrowed from museums for the president's term in office.
At left, Frederic Remington's "Bucking Bronco Sculpture," lives in the Oval Office, In The West Wing of the Official Office of the President of the United States.
At the Amon Carter Museum, the location of the Frederic Remington's original oil painting of 'The Smoke Signal,' the curator notes state that Indians were careful when making their smoke signals that they were displayed directly against a solid, earthen background and distinctly separate than the fire's own smoke.
"A Dash For The Timber" is striking in person. The viewer sees riders being pursued by a group of Indians. They all gallop toward the viewer across a dusty plain. Some of the eight cowboys or prospectors have turned in their saddles to shoot at the pursuing Indians. On the left side of the painting is the edge of a group of trees where the men might hope to find safety. This painting had strong appeal for the American public who enjoyed the romantic notion of the disappearing world of action and adventure in the untamed West."
Collecting American Western Art
These pieces are excellent examples of American Western Art. Of course the originals, many of them, live at Fort Worth, Texas' Amon Carter Museum whose superb collection of works by both Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell - the two greatest artists of the American West - is unique. Nowhere else can a visitor see and compare so many masterpieces by these two artists. Well, and then, there's the Oval Office of course.
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- 6 slices of bread
- 1 cup of cooked chicken breasts, shredded
- 1/3 cup raspberry chipotle barbeque sauce (recipe below)
- red onion, thinly sliced
- mozzarella cheese, grated ( monterey jack)
- chopped cilantro
- salt and pepper to taste
Raspberry Chipotle Barbeque Sauce
- 1/4 cup Hickory BBQ sauce
- 1/4 cup raspberry jam
- 3 tsp chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped finely (add more if you want it more spicy)
- 1 tsp adobo sauce, from the chipotle peppers
- 1 garlic clove, grated
- salt and pepper to taste
- Mix all the ingredients for the BBQ Sauce in a bowl.
- Add the chicken and mix well. Season with salt and pepper. (I cooked chicken breasts seasoned with salt, pepper, chili pepper and paprika in a little bit of oil and then shredded the meat afterwards.)
- Butter the outside of each slice of bread. Pile the cheese on the other side. Top with the chicken, red onions and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle more cheese on top. Top with another slice of bread, buttered side out.
- Toast in the oven, fry or grill the sandwich on a non-stick pan over medium heat until golden brown and the cheese has melted.
- Serve with chips or fries and a beer.