For much of his life as an artist, Remington lived in New Rochelle as did so many artists who at the turn of the 20th century provided colorful illustrations for the publishing houses in New York City.
That was the golden age of popular magazines.
Of course, Remington was much more than a mere illustrator. He was a painter of the disappearing west and a great sculptor and much of his depictions of frontier Indian fighters and U.S. cavalry troopers were an inspiration to filmmaker John Ford. (“She Wore A Yellow Ribbon” and Fort Apache.”)
Remington loved the army, and was a frequent visitor to Fort Slocum on Davids Island where he was hosted at officers’ parties. The long-abandoned fort is a haunting ruin today.
The painting above is “Friends or Foes?” The mounted Indian, alone on a barren, snow-covered landscape is gazing into the distance at a camp site barely illuminated by fires. Make of it what you wish, but I look at this painting as a perfect metaphor for our uncertain times.
It’s cold. We’re alone. Who’s out there?
Remington died in Ogdensburg, New York where there is a terrific Remington museum.