- Codman composed this scene along the lines of traditional landscape models, with foreground trees framing the central vista. He excluded any signs of European civilization to emphasize the untouched quality of the American wilderness as it was perceived by his audiences.
- The drama and power of nature on the canvas as a whole is reconstituted in the detail of the Native American bringing down the moose in the river. Equating Native Americans with nature and the sublime American landscape was a common trope in Romantic painting and literature during Codman’s day.
- Maine-based Codman worked in relative isolation from most of the burgeoning American art scene, but his work still shares the styles and themes of his time.
The artist. Victor D. Spark, New York, New York. Theodore Stebbins Jr., Northampton, Massachusetts, 1967. Robert P. Weiman, Woodbridge, Colorado; purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1973.