Items (Remington, Frederic) (H)
Painted as one of the illustrations for the 1891 edition of Longfellows The Song of Hiawatha, this painting was done in grisaille to better accommodate its transfer to a printing medium in black and white. Grisaille is a painting technique that uses only gray tones. Originally designed for illustrations of sculpture, or simply to show off the virtuosity of painters (since color can help disguise deficiencies of draftsmanship and composition), it became popular in the 18th and 19th centuries because it eased the transition from paint to print. This particular paintings depicts a scene that takes place after Hiawathas brother...
Inscribed at bottom by Remington "My dear Doc - I haven't made a drawing in five years and so have no sketches and I can't send you a $40,000 masterpiece you know old chappie. Good luck to you Doc. Don't stop long at Guam.--Yours, Frederic R."