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Frederic Remington, The Call for Help, c. 1908, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, The Hogg Brothers Collection, Gift of Miss Ima Hogg

Similar questions are raised (but not answered) in another work exhibited in the 1908 exhibition at Knoedler’s. In The Call for Help wolves stalk three terrified horses cowering against the rails of a fence. Light in a distant window suggests the nearby cabin is occupied. Will someone intervene? Will the violence about to erupt in the corral be averted? Remington’s composition offers no resolution, only a frozen moment of panic.

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