Frederic Remington 1861-1909
Many of Remington’s best-known paintings depict scenes of action: hunting, fighting, warfare. The subject matter of Shotgun Hospitality is more subdued. We have three Indians standing around a seated cowboy who sits smoking in front of a campfire. They all seem relaxed, as if the Indians have stopped by for a visit. What I like about this painting is the arrangement, the circle around the campfire, the way the artist depicts the light emanating from the fire, the red of one Indian’s robe, the green on the wagon, and the dusky forest in the background against a beautiful starlit sky.