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Paleolithic Man / Frederic Remington

Essay/Description

The model for Paleolithic Man was created in 1906. This specific sculpture was possibly created using an original bronze cast, not the artist's model, which would make it a fake.

Curatorial Remarks

This bronze is marked as cast number 12. However, the cast number was cast through the model rather than applied after casting, which is suspicious. The foundry mark is also faint and degraded. Therefore, this is likely a surmoulage. There is no date of sale for cast number 12 in the ledger.

Ann Boulton Young, Associate Conservator for the Gilcrease Museum, 2018

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Title(s): 
Paleolithic Man; Prehistoric Man
Creator(s): 
Frederic Remington;
Dr. Philip G. Cole Collection
Culture: 
American
Date: 
lost-wax cast early 20th century
Materials/Techniques: 
lost-wax cast in bronze
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Thomas Gilcrease Foundation, 1955
Accession No: 
0827.49
Previous Number(s): 
23866
Department: 
Signed, "Frederic Remington" on lower front of rock on sculpture; Inscribed, "Paleolithic Man" on lower front of rock on sculpture; Inscribed, "Copyright 1906 Frederic Remington" in center right of rock on back of sculpture; Inscribed, "Roman Bronze Works" in lower right of rock on back of sculpture; Inscribed, "No 12" on inside of base at bottom (cast through model).
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