N. C. Wyeth (American, 1882–1945),
Untitled (model for ad for Fisk Cord Tires)
oil on canvas on panel, 32 x 71 ½ in.; 81.28 x 181.61 cm
Museum purchase with funds from Collectors’ Choice VI, 1995, and the Major Art Purchase Fund, 1995.2
In the early twentieth century, N. C. Wyeth created illustrations for new editions of popular adventure books, including Treasure Island and The Last of the Mohicans. He brought the same lively spirit and talent for depicting action to his portrayals of the West, drawn partly from a brief experience there in 1904, and perhaps owing even more to the work of Frederic Remington. This painting, a model for a 1919 advertisement for Fisk Cord Tires, makes comic visual reference to the common notion that Indians, no matter how noble or quaint, were doomed to be left in the dust of modern technology.