A Sioux Chief by Frederic Remington

Name: A Sioux Chief | Artist: Frederic Remington Media: Pencil and pastel on composition board | Year(s): 1901
Frederic Remington | A Sioux Chief | 1901 | Pencil and pastel on composition board | 31 7/8 inches x 22 7/8 inches

About the Work

In 1901, a print series, A Bunch of Buckskins, was published by R.H. Russell, in New York. The series included Remington's portraits of eight "Western characters" that defined his West, including An Army Packer, A Cavalry Officer, An Arizona Cowboy, A Trapper and four Native Americans. A Sioux Chief was Remington's tribute to the fighting Sioux. Just as he idolized American cavalrymen, Remington respected their Plains Indian adversaries: "They were fighting for their land—they fought to the death—they never gave quarter and they never asked for it. There was a nobility of purpose about their resistance which commends itself now that it is passed."