Pitched It Sheer into the River . . . Where It Still Is Seen in the Summer

Frederic Remington American

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In 1888 Remington was commissioned to illustrate The Song of Hiawatha, the epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, for a deluxe edition published in 1891. By then a sophisticated practitioner of the grisaille technique, Remington executed twenty-two black-and-white oil paintings, one for each of the poem’s cantos. This depiction accompanies canto 6, which describes Hiawatha’s two closest friends: Chibiabos, the musician, and Kwasind, the strong man. The jagged boulder in the river alludes to one of Kwasind’s feats of strength. Taunted with accusations of laziness, he threw a huge rock into the Pauwating River, where it remained visible above the waterline during the summer months.

Pitched It Sheer into the River . . . Where It Still Is Seen in the Summer, Frederic Remington (American, Canton, New York 1861–1909 Ridgefield, Connecticut), Oil on canvas, American

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