Historians of the Tribe

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1890/99

Artist:

Frederic Remington
American, 1861–1909

About this artwork

Executed around 1890, the year when the massacre at Wounded Knee effectively ended the army’s conflict with the Plains Indians, Historians of the Tribe clearly situates the glories of Native Americans in the past. In a tightly defined, darkened interior, watched over by a tribal elder in the central background, five men—their postures slumped or languid in surrender—record and reread their hieroglyphic history. At the moment of their defeat, Remington chose to depict his Native American subjects with a certain sentimentality.

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Artist

Frederic Remington

Title

Historians of the Tribe

Origin

New York

Date

1890–1899

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower left: "Frederic Remington"

Dimensions

62.2 × 111.4 cm (24 1/4 × 43 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.801

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