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The Advance-Guard, or The Military Sacrifice (The Ambush)

Three cavalry scouts—light-skinned men mounted on gleaming brown horses—among light-beige, arid mountains. The figure in the foreground has begun to to slump and seems poised to fall, his rifle on the ground, his horse agitated and alarmed. The others ride off in pursuit.
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  • Three cavalry scouts—light-skinned men mounted on gleaming brown horses—among light-beige, arid mountains. The figure in the foreground has begun to to slump and seems poised to fall, his rifle on the ground, his horse agitated and alarmed. The others ride off in pursuit.

Date:

1890

Artist:

Frederic Remington
American, 1861–1909

About this artwork

Frederic Remington crafted this scene of bloody confrontation for his white eastern audiences, who understood the West as a place of both danger and opportunity. An unseen Sioux warrior has shot a cavalry scout, who slumps over his horse while the troops behind him flee the ambush. A sculptor and illustrator as well as a painter, Remington was famous for his dynamic compositions of frontier life, which presented mythic, romanticized views of the American West in tantalizing color and detail. Although he traveled to western locations to sketch or gather material on assignment, he executed most of his work in his New York studio, including The Advance-Guard, which was later reproduced in Harper’s Weekly alongside an article authored by the artist.

Status

On View, Gallery 161

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Frederic Remington

Title

The Advance-Guard, or The Military Sacrifice (The Ambush)

Origin

New York

Date

1890

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower left: "Frederic Remington/1890"

Dimensions

87.3 × 123.1 cm (34 3/8 × 48 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.802

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