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 A FIGURE OF THE NIGHT   

Print (A Figure of the Night) 


Print on Canvas (A Figure of the Night) 


 
- by Frederic Remington (1908)
Rather than dominate the scene, the indigenous American in A Figure of the Night blends into the surrounding environment. One can see him as a lookout, camouflaged by the trees behind, wearing a worried expression. Perhaps he is a boy doing a man's job. The shadows on the snow in front of him and the dark woods behind encircle him like the jaws of a giant trap. There is imminent danger here and it is up to the viewer looking out from the woods to guess what it might be. The story, in short, is in the viewer's head, not in the picture, and by 1908, Remington thought that the distinction was everything.


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