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"The Belated Traveler"
by Frederic Remington

 


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It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words...we know many that are worthy of a poem or a song.  In Art Spur, we invite poets and songwriters to let selections of Western art inspire their poetry and songs.

Our forty-second piece offered to "spur" the imagination—a special Winter/Christmas Art Spur—is "The Belated Traveler," a painting by the great artist of the American West, Frederic Remington (1861-1909).

Remington wrote something about art that can be applied to poetry, "Big art is a process of elimination. Cut down and outdo your hardest work outside the picture, and let your audience take away something to think aboutto imagine."

Remington created a great range of art, in both medium and subject. Starting around 1900, he began to paint a series of paintings about the "darkness," which included "The Belated Traveler." The National Gallery of Art has an engaging presentation, "The Color of Night." They comment, "Before his premature death in 1909 at age forty-eight, Remington completed more than seventy paintings in which he explored the technical and aesthetic difficulties of painting darkness."

In 1998, "The Belated Traveler" sold for $2,477,500
"The Belated Traveler" is on loan to the Amon Carter Museum for its "Tales from the American West: The Rees-Jones Collection" exhibit.

See our feature on Owen Wister's "Evolution of the Cow-Puncher" for one of Remington's best-known paintings.

Find more about Remington at fredericremington.org.


Submissions were welcome from all through Sunday, December 20, 2015. Find selected poems here.


 


"The Belated Traveler" by Frederic Remington



 


 

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Christmas / Winter Art Spur subjects:
  (find other Art Spur subjects here)


  The Belated Traveler  by Frederic Remington

 

  Wake up Call  by Steve Devenyns


  Little Buddy  by DW Groethe and Chris Waddell Kirby

  Winter Work on the CO Bar
                                                                                                                              
by Bill Owen

  A Winter Night  by David Graham

  Wilbur's Gift  by Scott Nelson

  Moonlight Gathering  by Richard Galusha

  Hick's Hereford Heifers   by Tim Cox

  Bringing Home the Tree  by Joelle Smith

   A Cowboy's Christmas Eve
                                                                                         by Dee Strickland Johnson ("Buckshot Dot")

  Bringing Home Christmas  by Jo Lynne Kirkwood 

  A Christmas Tale  by Mick Harrison 

  Seein' Santa  by Charles M. Russell 

 

 

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