Frederic Remington 1895 work The Fall Of The Cowboy
is a starkly accurate reproduction of life in the American West
from an artist who frequently conjured his own reality or depicted his subjects with only a passing glance. Remington's reproductions of life in the 'wild' west
were less a reflection of life as it was and more an image of how his contemporary North saw the rough and wild South. Yet, The Fall Of The Cowboy
is a remarkable document of the debris of a resilient, heroic, and tragic people. Remington's painting portrays a world filled with the trials and struggles of a rural reality battling for survival in a rapidly modernizing nation. Forced to dismount in order to cross a wire fence, the men are shown to be impeded by the excessive demarcating of land and property.