A Peace Pipe


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A wonderfully detailed chromolithograph depicting enigmatic scenes from the American West by Frederic Remington. Over this print measures 23.5"x18.5". Few artists of the American West can equal the breadth of experience of Frederic Sackrider Remington (1861-1909). From the Santa Fe Trail to the Oregon Trail, he came to possess firsthand knowledge as a rancher, a military scout, a hunter and trapper, and as a reporter. Few of his contemporaries were as devoted to capturing the three brief decades that saw the taming of the expansive and dangerous western frontier. Looking back at his career in 1905, Remington wrote: "I knew the wild riders and the vacant land were about to vanish forever.and the more I considered the subject, the bigger the forever loomed. Without knowing how to do it, I began to record some facts around me, and the more I looked the more the panorama unfolded." His evolving clarity of purpose and the naturally vivid subject matter inspired Remington to compulsively record details, producing thousands of illustrations in the course of his twenty-three year career. Remington's ability to capture narrative made his work ideally suited to the field of illustration. His father, Seth, had been a journalist and Remington relished the opportunity to provide visual manifestation to a story. This, coupled with his sense of adventure made him an exceptionally successful illustrator most notably for the celebrated journal Harper's Weekly. The accuracy, immediacy and drama of his drawings fused his functions as artist and historian and in 1907 Theodore Roosevelt offered this blunt praise: "He has portrayed a most characteristic and yet vanishing type of American life." Remington was born in Canton, New York and related by blood to the painter George Catlin and sculptor Earl W. Bascom. Following his graduation from Yale's new art school in 1880, Remington roamed the country west of the Mississippi for five years. His drawings began appearing regularly in Harper's