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Frederic Remington, The Scout: Friends or Foes?, 1902–1905, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Already less concerned with images that complemented or completed text, Remington soon began to compose paintings that posed, rather than answered, questions. Among the earliest of these works were two paintings from about 1902. In the first, a lone Indian—unsure whether he faces, as the title suggests, friends or foes—stares at a cluster of dwellings near the horizon.

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