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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.




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.


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Arts of the Americas


Frederic Remington


The Mexican Major


New York (Place depicted)

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Oil on canvas


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


87 × 124.8 cm (34 1/4 × 49 1/8 in.)

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George F. Harding Collection

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