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Chief among those to influence the construction of the American Cowboy character in the collective imaginary, Frederic Remington devoted much of his career to exalting the virtues of those who settled the North American West. Markedly, Remington’s cowboys were often sturdy men facing down danger like it was no great feat, overcoming enormous obstacles for their mere survival daily. More than that, Remington fed a whole ideological apparatus geared toward further instigating the people of the East Coast to move West and help in the settlement of those fertile lands.
Yet, it was not enough to signal the virtues of the cowboy, but also to rebuke them on their sins so that the new settlers would behave appropriately. Very common to the art of the late 19th century were the depictions of sin focusing on its dire consequences, a concept that is taken to its most extreme consequences in this 1897 painting, where a disagreement over a card game ends in a slaughter at the saloon. Portraying the fallout of the dispute, four of the players lay dead or dying on the floor, while the sole survivor of the shootout stands up to collect his winnings.
One of Remington’s very few black and white paintings, this oil on canvas is now in possession of the Sid Richardson Museum, in Fort Worth, Texas, and it enables visitors to grasp the artist’s command over lighting and texture truly. Even without the use of color, Remington brings life to the scene, giving texture to the very air in a way that, while looking at it, one almost feels the smell of gunpowder, blood, and whiskey. The emotional range on the characters of the scene, from the ice-cold killer who survived the shootout to the agonizing man at his feet breathing his last breaths, including the calm and composed bartender who seems less than impressed by the shocking scene and the curious stranger peeking from the door, is almost palpable.
This type of painting was of great value for the construction of the Western Cowboy persona, even if its moralizing theme, demonizing gambling and drinking, was more targeted at the urban population. One could say that this worked almost like a fable, using a distant setting to teach lessons directly related to one’s life.
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