Fired On (Q20502653)

Label from: English (en)

artist: Frederic Remington (Q560787)
collection: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Q1192305)
location: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Q1192305)
country of origin: United States of America (Q30)
material used: oil paint (Q296955) canvas (Q4259259)
Google Arts & Culture asset ID: qAF7om9DK7fUMA
Smithsonian American Art Museum ID: 20728

information from the Smithsonian American Art Museum catalog

description: Fired On captures the fear and adrenaline of an ambush in the West. In the colorless murk before dawn, the light of the moon makes a white horse and his rider a target for an unseen enemy. A contemporary reviewer commented that "you would somehow like them to retreat—or advance—or do something that would bring matters to a head." By 1907 Remington had made the transition from popular illustrator to respected artist, and this was the first painting of his to be acquired by an American museum. Despite his successes, this was the period in which he painted many canvases that evoked darkness and unidentifiable dangers. The artist often spoke during these years of feeling as though he were under attack. The mythical West had been tamed, and his own culture in the East seemed threatened by waves of European immigrants. He referred to Anglo-Saxon urban Americans like himself as "his tribe," in danger of extinction.Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006
keywords Landscape – time – night History – United States – westward expansion Equestrian Landscape – water State of being – evil – war

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