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Frederic Remington, The Hungry Moon, 1906, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

As one critic noted, the figures in Remington’s nocturnes are stalked by death. Death’s “shadow” had been the subject of nocturnal images in the past, but Remington’s late nocturnes are focused less on the certainty of death, than on the anxiety, the fear that death may appear at any time.

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