Responding to a readership's fascination with the Apache band tribe and their chief, Geronimo, Remington painted The Apaches! in 1904. He had
previously portrayed the Geronimo campaign in 1886 in Harper's Weekly with his sketch The Apaches are Coming. Remington was familiar with
the fearsome reputation of the Apaches through stories from the Army. The Apaches! illustrates the moment when a terrified cavalryman brings the
news of approaching Apache warriors. As he did on several other occasions, Remington returned to a favorite theme, reworked it in a more sophisticated
style and color sense that marked his evolution as an artist in the early 20th century.