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While he was undoubtedly instrumental in the construction of the modern cowboy persona, Frederic Remington’s work was not restricted to the depiction of the European settlers of the North American West. To create a notion of the setting for his East Coast audiences, Remington would often paint the other characters in the Wild West narrative, especially the Native Americans that were seen by many as the main antagonists of the American Cowboy. Usually depicted as bellicose and savage, but noble, the Native American in Remington’s work serves as the cowboy’s foil, employing wile and subterfuge to put the cowboy’s life at great peril.
In this 1908 oil on canvas, now in possession of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, Remington portrays precisely that idea. Here, a group of plains Native Americans employs a technique of unorthodox warfare against an unknown enemy where they set fire to dry grass. According to contemporary sources, the Native American warriors would apply this technique in an area where they knew their enemy would be downwind so that the smoke from the grass fire would travel towards the enemy position, obscuring their sight and causing confusion in their lines. The strategy would usually be employed right before dawn, thus giving the Native Americans the advantage of an early-morning attack where they would be emerging from the billowing smoke.
Here, the artist’s talent with the use of light comes through, creating a sober scene as the Native American warriors are illuminated from the flames below, making their stoic stance an even more terrible sight. The intense dark field in the background adds to that sobriety, leaving the observer to wonder at what may hide in that darkness, from which more warriors seem to emerge in the background. This makes for a riveting piece of narrative, showing the action from one side while leaving much of the story for the viewer to guess from their cultural background.
Interestingly, there is no evidence to support that Native Americans used techniques like this before the arrival of Europeans, even though warfare was a common occurrence. Much like the rifles they wield and the horses they ride in Remington’s depictions, these techniques of irregular warfare seem to be yet another innovation brought in by the Europeans and employed by the Native Americans in their desperate attempt to defend their ancestral land from invaders.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Grass Fire, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Grass Fire that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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