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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
evolved from a documentary illustrator "in search of Geronimo" to a
professional painter befriended and praised by critics, his fellow artists,
and the American public. He began by recording the particulars of the
southwestern saga, the people, places, and events. He matured ulti-
mately into a position of dealing with absolutes. And yet, he never lost
his audience, never transcended the role of purveyor and creator of the
western image. William C. Coffin, writing in 1892, summarized very
aptly Remington's influence on the East:
It is a fact that admits to no question that Eastern people have formed their
conceptions of what the Far-Western life is like, more from what they have
seen in Mr. Remington's pictures than from any other source, and if they
went to the West or to Mexico they would expect to see men and places
looking exactly as Mr. Remington has drawn them. Those who have been
there are authority for saying that they would not be disappointed.28
In the final analysis, Remington must be considered a part of his sub-
ject. Though his gaze was not solely focused on the Southwest, it was to
this area and its history that he turned most frequently. Its frontier
passed before his eye, was assimilated by his creative mind, and was born
again in his paintings. Even when Remington recognized after the turn
of the century that it was no longer the domain "of picturesque and stir-
ring events,"29 he could still reach beyond the crush of civilization to
extract enough essentials to continue the story. Few other artists have
been so devoted to a region as Remington was to the Southwest, fewer
still can claim such a broad horizon.
28 William A. Coffin, "American Illustration of To-day," Scribner's Magazine, XI (March,
29 Perrington Maxwell, "Frederic Remington-Most Typical of American Artists,"
Pearson's Magazine, XVII (October, 1907), 397.
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