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Friends or Foes? (The Scout); c. 1902–5; Oil on canvas; Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts
From the 1890s until his death in 1909, Frederic Remington created paintings, sculptures, illustrations, and writings that offered a compelling and vivid portrayal of the Wild West. His images of dramatic horsemanship, frontier warfare, and bushwhacking adventure, set against a vast and foreboding landscape, captured the popular imagination. Filling his scenes with detail, Remington strove to maintain the appearance of historical accuracy and firsthand experience.

Sterling and Francine Clark, though best known for collecting paintings by the French Impressionists and the American artists Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent, acquired two paintings and one bronze by Frederic Remington, selecting works exemplifying Remington's highest artistic achievement. Remington Looking West joins these works with significant paintings, sculptures, and prints from public and private collections and rarely seen sketches, scrapbooks, and photographs from the artist's personal archive. These materials offer insight into Remington's working process, allowing us to peer over the artist's shoulder as he looked west.

Remington Looking West was organized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
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