Ridden Down is an impressionist genre painting created by Frederic Remington in 1905-1906. The oil on canvas depicts a horse being chased and ridden down by a group of cowboys. This painting is part of Remington’s successful novel, The Way of an Indian, published in Cosmopolitan magazine in late 1905. Given its historical significance as part of the novel, “Ridden Down” is known for capturing the imminent danger present during this period of American westward expansion.
As an artist, Remington was acclaimed for his writing, illustrations, paintings and sculptures. This impressionist piece was created with a prodigious pace in the last years of his life. His institutional approbation from Corcoran Gallery of Art and Metropolitan Museum paved the way for future success in his career.
Located at Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, TX “Ridden Down”holds significant value as one-of-a-kind art celebrated around the world today.
Overall, “Ridden Down” offers a glimpse into American history through its visual portraiture depicting conflict with wildlife while showing respect to both animal rights and native people’s traditions that are evident throughout Remington’s work.”