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Frederic Remington
Fired On
1907
oil
27 1/8 x 40 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of William T. Evans



This nighttime scene of surprise attack is the Wild West at its most dramatic, tragic, and romantic. It is no wonder that director John Ford based the cinematography of his Hollywood westerns on Remington's paintings. Though he was born in the East and trained as an artist at the Yale Art School, Remington, like no other artist since, made the West a uniquely American region and the mounted horseman a national symbol of adventure and courage.