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The End of the Trail

A work made of bronze.

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

1918

Artist:

James Earle Fraser
American, 1876–1953

About this artwork

The End of the Trail, James Earle Fraser’s best-known sculpture, has come to symbolize the genocide of Native American peoples amid relentless westward expansion. In 1893, the year of the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the 15-year-old Fraser, then a student at the School of the Art Institute, produced the first version of this bronze sculpture. (The Art Institute’s sculpture is a later model and cast.) Reenforcing the conception of the so-called vanishing Indian, the work portrays an exhausted Sioux drooping over his equally weary pony; both rider and horse have reached the end of the trail.

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American Art

Artist

James Earle Fraser

Title

The End of the Trail

Origin

United States

Date

1918

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

H.: 111.8 cm (44 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Arthur Rubloff Trust

Reference Number

1991.325

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