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Ever the inspirational artist, Frederic Remington was not only responsible for a great deal of the construction of the Cowboy persona, but also a significant number of pieces exalting the United States of America and its armed forces. Be it portraying the heroics of Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders in the Cuban War of Independence or the many conflicts with the Native American population who occupied much of the West, American soldiers in Remington’s paintings always sport a combination of bravery, stoicism, and ruggedness in the face of impossible odds.
While some of his paintings depict specific events, Remington was witness to due to his proximity to influential political figures, this 1897 oil on canvas is not the case, representing instead a nondescript conflict against an unknown and unseen enemy solely from the point of view of the brave troopers. Taking protection behind a ravine, the soldiers exchange gunfire with the unseen enemy and seem to be at a disadvantage, their wounded and dead lying behind the line of rifles that keep the enemy at bay. But among them, there is a brave who is not happy to just lay down and die.
The titular daring soldier is seen here climbing over the ravine, shooting his revolver at the enemy while holding his rifle in his left hand. While he is clad in the same blue and gold uniform as his companions, he stands out not only for his bravery in charging the enemy, thus giving his brother in arms an advantage in the ongoing combat, but also for the bright red scarf he sports around his neck, flowing in the cold wind. What Remington portrays here is probably one of the chief virtues he saw on the American soldier, that of maintaining their backbone when faced with immediate peril.
Now in possession of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, the oil on canvas relies heavily on its high contrast color palette to transmit the idea of abandon, of soldiers surrounded by a hostile environment fighting for their lives. Between the thick gunsmoke and the white snow, the setting loses itself, so that the observer’s attention is immediately called to the soldiers laid out in a line at the ravine that divides the composition horizontally.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Through the Smoke Sprang the Daring Soldier, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Through the Smoke Sprang the Daring Soldier 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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