Sid Richardson Museum – Fort Worth, Texas

Not big in size, but enormous in talent and rich in acquisitions is the Sid Richardson Museum in Downtown, Fort Worth.

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Who is Sid Richardson, you ask?

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Sid Richardson was a Texas businessman and a generous philanthropist.   Early on, his fortune was made with oil and carbon.  In the 1930’s he became involved in ranching.  It is at this time he developed a love for Western Art, in particular, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.  He acquired numerous original artworks which are now on display at the Sid Richardson Museum.

In 1959, Sid passed away a lifelong bachelor.  He donated most of his money to charity and the rest to his only nephew, Perry Richardson Bass (1914-2006). Perry is the patriarch of the current day Fort Worth Bass Family.

Walk into the museum from the bricked Main Street of Sundance Square.  You are now standing in the perfect gift shop in Fort Worth to get something from the Wild West to take back home with you or to give as a gift.  The nicest ladies work the front desk and will bend over backward to make your visit enjoyable and educational.

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Enter the gallery and you will find the beauty of the legends of the Old West and the stark reality that life back then was a constant battle.

I never considered myself a big fan of Western Art.  It turns out, I am.

After a few minutes of staring at these pieces, they literally pull you into each scene. Remington and Russell seem to be masters of light and shadow.  You can feel the warmth of the sun or coolness of the night or the harshness of the beautiful snow.  You feel peaceful at times and fearful at others.  If you are not sure of the message, look at the animals – they get the point across pretty clearly.

 

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When White Men Turn Red |Charles M. Russell (1864-1926) | 1922 |Oil on canvas
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In the Wake of the Buffalo Runners | Charles M. Russell (1864-1926) | 1911 | Oil on Canvas | Private Collection

 

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The Riderless Horse |Frederic Remington (1861-1909) |1886 |Pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor on paper

 

Remington and Russel both did paintings.  They both did sculpture.  Both are featured in this museum.   There are also works from Leigh, Herget and Peter Hurd along with other talented artists.

So, go in for the art.  Go in to get out of the Summer heat.  Go in to get a postcard.  Go in because you have never been and yet you have passed it a million times.  Whatever the reason, I am quite sure you will find at least 1 reason to like it and come back again and again.


Sid Richardson Museum

309 Main St.

Fort Worth, TX 76102

(817) 332-6554 

Location:  32.75546, -97.33165

Admission is FREE

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