Although western subjects remained a staple throughout Frederic Remington’s highly successful career, his late pictures reflect a drastic shift in mood and style. In contrast to his earlier scenes of blazing battles between Indians and cowboys or cavalrymen rendered in a crisply detailed realism, The Outlier depicts a solitary figure riding through a nocturnal landscape in loose, impressionist brushwork. Remington struggled with the execution, noting in his diary, “I modeled and laid in the ‘Outlier’ for the 10th time. I will not be licked.” Despite the painting’s progressive style, its subject of a Native American warrior is steeped in nostalgia: by 1909, the wars for U.S. control over Indian territories had been over for nearly twenty years.
- Artist: Frederic Sackrider Remington, American, 1861-1909
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1909
- Dimensions: 40 x 27 1/16 in. (101.6 x 68.8 cm) Frame: 51 1/2 x 38 1/2 x 2 in. (130.8 x 97.8 x 5.1 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower right "Frederic Remington / 1909"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Centennial Era, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 55.43
- Credit Line: Bequest of Charlotte R. Stillman
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Frederic Sackrider Remington (American, 1861-1909). The Outlier, 1909. Oil on canvas, 40 x 27 1/16 in. (101.6 x 68.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Charlotte R. Stillman, 55.43
- Record Completeness: Good (65%)