A Dash for the Timber
Oil on canvas
48 1/4 x 84 1/8 in.
signed and dated l.l.: Frederic Remington \ 1889
signed and dated l.l. below existing signature: Frederic Re[illeg.] [illeg.]89
label fragment on [removed] frame: AME[RICA]N ART ASSOCIAT[ION] \ 6 EA[ST] 23D STREET, M[AD]ISON SQUARE SOUTH, [torn] \ NEW [Y]ORK. \ S[torn] \ [torn] \ Artist o[torn] [torn] er_______ \ Addres[s] ________ \ Return ________ \ [E]xhibition 188[torn].
Amon G. Carter Collection
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Amon G. Carter Collection
Across an arid plain, eight men ride for cover. Just before reaching the trees, one keels over, having been struck by a bullet. Close behind, a group of Native Americans follows in hot pursuit, and it is not clear who will emerge victorious.
Remington executed this climatic scene after Harper’s Weekly sent him west from his home in New York to document army efforts to capture the Apache leader Geronimo. Following the trip, Remington devised this fictional scene to convey the bravery and comradery of western cowboys. The picture was a critical sensation, and it would shape future popular imaginings of western life. Despite its remarkable drama, A Dash for the Timber simplifies a more complex reality. Remington presents settlers and Indigenous peoples as incompatible, linked only through acts of violence. This visual rhetoric denies Native Americans their humanity, portraying them as the primary aggressors, and it obscures accounts of diplomacy and cross-cultural exchange that did not culminate in open conflict..
—Text taken from the Carter Handbook (2023)
Remington and RussellFebruary 25–May 24, 2015
This exhibition of paintings and sculptures selected from the Carter’s extensive collection offers visitors an opportunity to gain insight into the works of Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, two of the greatest practitioners of the art of the American West.
From Remington to O’Keeffe: The Carter’s Greatest HitsOctober 6, 2018–March 22, 2019
During the renovation, this exhibition features highlights from the permanent collection, including paintings, photographs, and sculptures, by some of America’s most renowned artists.
Mythmakers: The Art of Winslow Homer and Frederic RemingtonDecember 22, 2020–February 28, 2021
American icon Winslow Homer, famous ocean painter, joins Frederic Remington, legendary cowboy artist, for the first exhibition to explore the unexpected resonances and moments of convergence between the themes, artistic sensibilities, and technical processes of these two artists.