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The Mexican Major

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1889

Artist:

Frederic Remington
American, 1861–1909

About this artwork

Frederic Remington was greatly impressed by the Mexican army, which he observed during a six-week visit to Mexico in 1889 in preparation for an article in Harper’s Weekly magazine. The Mexican Major is an elaborate, multifigural composition, designed to convey the professionalism, discipline, and “immensely picturesque” appearance of the officer and his regiment. Remington enjoyed the soldiers’ ornate costumes, and he emphasized these through the use of rhythmic, flashing colors and the depiction of brilliant light. The line of horsemen stretches off into the far distance—a sign of honor, strength, and dignity.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Frederic Remington

Title

The Mexican Major

Origin

New York

Date

1889

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower left: "Copyrighted/ Frederic Remington/ '89"

Dimensions

87 × 124.8 cm (34 1/4 × 49 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.804

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