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Friends or Foes? (The Scout)  by Frederic Remington

Frederic Remington
American, 1861-1909
Friends or Foes? (The Scout)
c. 1900-05
Oil on canvas
68.6 x 101.6 cm
Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1951

Native Americans were among Remington’s principal subjects throughout his career. The Scout: Friends or Foes is a late example, in which the artist seems primarily interested in the subtle effects of snow seen in moonlight. Yet, he also represents the scout, a member of the Blackfoot tribe, as alert and hardy, able to withstand the arduous winter weather.