In The Victors, Delano’s Plains Indian war party charges at the viewer. The point of view intensifies the thundering power of this triumphant moment. Delano’s figures here are wiry, long-limbed, agile, and their disparate paint and adornments cast them as fierce individuals who have worked together in battle and succeeded. The setting is epic, fast, and fluid; red cliffs flank the war party and the grass they pound across is just a blurred suggestion. The three dogs that yap, even as they take care to stay out of the way of those lethal hooves, substitute for us, the viewers, and also for the villagers, who can’t be far off.
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