Remington and Russell were distinctly different in their approaches to the
art of the Old West. Remington highly romanticized his images. For
instance, in "Dash for the Timber", one of the Remington masterworks here in
the Amon Carter Museum (Fort Worth), horse people have sometimes pointed out
that one of the cowboys is using a woman's saddle. Russell, on the other
hand, was more in-tune to the real West and depicted with great care and
accuracy details that accompanied certain ceremonies, places, or events;
especially those of the native Americans he so admired.
I would recommend that you contact the education department at the Amon
Carter Museum or the Sid Richardson Collection of Western Art for ideas about
meaningfully teaching the content and ideas of these artists. Both of these
museum education departments have superior staff members.
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