Quiet Moment around the Campfire
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Quiet Moment around the Campfire

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    Frederic Remington was an American painter, sculptor, illustrator, and writer whose works frequently featured cowboys, Native Americans, soldiers, horses, bison, and oth- er iconic features of the rapidly vanishing American West. During his 25-year career, Remington produced approxi- mately 3,000 paintings and drawings, 22 bronze sculptures, a novel, a Broadway play, and more than 100 articles and stories. Remington was 48 years old when he died of perito- nitis, a complication of an emergency appendectomy.

    This month’s cover painting, commonly known as The Cigarette, was discovered in Remington’s studio af- ter his death. In this painting, four cowboys relax around a small outside a cabin. A plume of smoke rises toward the clear blue-green night sky flecked with a few stars, past a large skin hanging on the side of the cabin. The cabin does not overwhelm the painting but details such as the shadow under the roofline, the seams between logs, the softened edges of the structure, and the tautly stretched skin reveal Remington’s deftness at rendering textures. His use of subdued colors punctuated by the reflected firelight un- derscores the quiet of the evening’s respite following a long day’s work.

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