How Red Dead Redemption 2's landscapes are connected to 19th century art


  1. Giu Alonso

    Giu AlonsoIl y a 10 jours

    Holy moly, Clayton, this is absolutely stunning work! This is top-notch gaming content. Thank you for this!

  2. Aspiring Marauder

    Aspiring MarauderIl y a 13 jours

    The music is fucking me up because in conjunction with Screen Sunsets, it tells me that something bad is coming at night and I'm running out of time to prepare.

  3. Tim 'Hyper'

    Tim 'Hyper'Il y a 27 jours

    i love this

  4. Kane Huff

    Kane HuffIl y a mois

    Lmao! I almost forgot this was Polygon until the paintings turned out to be racist.

  5. The spy Mawsta

    The spy MawstaIl y a 2 mois

    Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill. What a load of nonsense .Sorry but despite this contrived essay there is no significant connection between Rdr2 and Huson river school. Visually rockstar "did not look to art or film". Rdr2 is a composite ideal landscape just like most video games .Rdr2 does not exclusively use foreground shadow which rather is dependent on dynamic weather. The reason native Americans are a side story is because the story happens to be about white outlaws which historically existed (Duh). Not because Rockstar is somehow motivated by the resurrected spirit of manifest destiny to view native Americans as ancillary. Oh and At 1:45 You say "DECADES latter rock star Norths artist did the same thing". SERIOUSLY? Wth dude. We are 2 decades in the 21 st century Lol smh . Seems like you used the word decade instead of century latter because you thought this ridiculous premise would sound less far-fetched .Well sorry but it does not stand up to even a casual analysis .

  6. BaoBao's Music

    BaoBao's MusicIl y a 2 mois

    I didn't expect this video for a second, but it's amazing. I needed this in my life.

  7. Indira Sheumaker

    Indira SheumakerIl y a 3 mois

    This is really good

  8. Edison Moody

    Edison MoodyIl y a 4 mois

    Amazing video, nice work.

  9. fuvet

    fuvetIl y a 5 mois

    i mean, my family were farmers in the american west, and those are not what i think of

  10. Gurdulu

    GurduluIl y a 7 mois

    Isn't it Sublimely interesting that Rockstar did not intentionally emulate this kind of art, allegedly, yet it reached similar conventions when attempting to emulate real life? Strong argument for gaming as art right here.

  11. M The Capricorn

    M The CapricornIl y a 8 mois


  12. hemlockandvervain

    hemlockandvervainIl y a 8 mois

    This is a spectacular video, thank you so much.

  13. Mai Vançon

    Mai VançonIl y a 8 mois

    My new favourite art movement: *Luminism*

  14. Kyle Ohlson

    Kyle OhlsonIl y a 9 mois

    As a Hudson valley resident, and love rdr2 this is pretty cool 💯

  15. Walkmanboi

    WalkmanboiIl y a 9 mois

    Will you guys be interviewing Roger Clark? Like how you did Rob

  16. Caz

    CazIl y a 9 mois

    What an excellent video

  17. Dio

    DioIl y a 9 mois

    Well done.

  18. FlymanMS

    FlymanMSIl y a 9 mois

    Native Americans and their struggle is a huge part of MAIN story in this game, they show up as early as the end of chapter 1 and has an exntensive dialogue dedicated to them. They show up throughout the game several times. One of Arthur's best friends is a African-Indian American, he got a lot of development. The reservation story is the final act of the campaing. Saying that they are a side story is just not true.

  19. LazyRare

    LazyRareIl y a 9 mois

    Polygon be like: SEXIST!!! RACIST!!!!!!!

  20. Bob Bob

    Bob BobIl y a 9 mois

    The thumbnail is showing RDR2 with HDR on and off. The left side that looks washed out is HDR on.

  21. Person

    PersonIl y a 9 mois

    Wait, so you're telling me that a painting of the west and a video game in the west look the same?

  22. Maybe Silvan

    Maybe SilvanIl y a 9 mois

    Thank u for making this video!!!! I am an art history student and was so pleasantly surprised to find it on your channel. If this were a longer format it could be so cool to follow up with some contemporary indigenous artists who make work in response to settler-colonial art history. If anyone is interested I recommend Kent Monkman especially because he specifically paints in this style as a critique and also it's gay as hell. Michael Farnan, Lori Blondeau, Adrian Stimson, Dana Danger, Nadia Myre, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, and Coco Fusco are some other favs too.

  23. Sophia Alohinani

    Sophia AlohinaniIl y a 9 mois

    this channel makes my heart so happy

  24. XAdamskioX

    XAdamskioXIl y a 9 mois

    Well she looks happy to be alive

  25. Most Palone

    Most PaloneIl y a 9 mois

    This is the NerdWriter of polygon series

  26. Okha

    OkhaIl y a 9 mois

    What I got from this video: 1. Rockstar artists use the same light and value techniques as any other artists did to create landscapes. 2. Rockstar writers focused their main story on whites instead of focusing on the native Americans.

  27. Frog Stew

    Frog StewIl y a 9 mois

    This is so damn smart and good. Fantastic work, Polygon folks.

  28. J'zargo

    J'zargoIl y a 9 mois

    there was no genocide of native americans. great video otherwise

  29. Zubair Shah

    Zubair ShahIl y a 9 mois

    And thats what I call a brilliant advert

  30. TheFatLazyasscat

    TheFatLazyasscatIl y a 9 mois


  31. JimBoBeeps

    JimBoBeepsIl y a 9 mois

    Great educational video here, and beautiful paintings. Thank you.

  32. Leeroy Jankowski

    Leeroy JankowskiIl y a 9 mois

    Informative and well executed FRreporter needs more essays like this.

  33. Mahdi Hosseini

    Mahdi HosseiniIl y a 9 mois

    How can i dislike this video twise?

  34. CoryTheRaven

    CoryTheRavenIl y a 9 mois

    Polygon, 5:18 : "Which goes by another name..." Me: "Romanticism!" Polygon, 5:20 : "Manifest Destiny." Me: "FFS POLYGON! I can't even like pretty paintings without you calling me racist!"

  35. ThyDyrty Wizyrd

    ThyDyrty WizyrdIl y a 9 mois

    This is one of those rare instances where someone is talking about a niche interest of mine and I get to sit in a corner and circle jerk about the same subject.

  36. Max the Big Bad

    Max the Big BadIl y a 9 mois

    The paintings remind me strongly of Breath of the Wild, namely the one at 3:40.

  37. Max the Big Bad

    Max the Big BadIl y a 9 mois

    It really makes you FEEL like America

  38. Kirk McCosker

    Kirk McCoskerIl y a 9 mois

    Honestly, you're being a bit disrespectful. Native Americans were typically portrayed as wholesome, honorable and innocent. At worst they were portrayed as fearsome warriors. Whereas (ashcan's) urban culture was portrayed as depraved and foolish, but also vibrantly multicultural. You can see a bit of that in San Denis and Blackwater.

  39. gamerzpro

    gamerzproIl y a 9 mois

    I actually forgot this is a video about RDR2 because I was so immersed and amazed by the paintings

  40. Maqsimous

    MaqsimousIl y a 9 mois

    What were they trying to get away with by saying they didn't take "inspiration" from things like this? Are we to believe that this is all just pure original work? Yeah the fuck right. Even Tolkien was inspired by things in the world & from history when he wrote The Lord of the Rings. What a bunch of fools. They should be proud to admit their inspiration came from art like this, not fucking fake it.

  41. cassidy

    cassidyIl y a 9 mois

    woah this is cool, mainly because i’m from the hudson valley/catskills and i love rdr2 haha

  42. Michael Layden Stevenson

    Michael Layden StevensonIl y a 9 mois

    more content like this plz n thx

  43. Ethan Manning

    Ethan ManningIl y a 9 mois

    This was a very good video essay

  44. Leandro Gomes

    Leandro GomesIl y a 9 mois

    This game is a beautiful art piece! There are so many ways we can connect it to the American South in literature and cinema as well. They mix beauty and the grotesque accurately

  45. Eric Schick

    Eric SchickIl y a 9 mois

    It’s funny that moderns mock the idea of “manifest destiny” as a pinnacle of evil whitey delusion. Let’s not forget that the manifest destiny came true. They weren’t wrong in the end. Whitey did conquer the west.

  46. Doolin DoHDoH BiRDS

    Doolin DoHDoH BiRDSIl y a 9 mois

    I named my horse Mac Miller

  47. Doolin DoHDoH BiRDS

    Doolin DoHDoH BiRDSIl y a 9 mois

    @Mats Fjell Cool, gunslinger Joe?

  48. Mats Fjell

    Mats FjellIl y a 9 mois

    dohdoh Buddha bird i named mine Joseph Stallion

  49. Aking213

    Aking213Il y a 9 mois

    Great video. Thank you for pointing out the obvious and speaking about the injustices my indigenous ancestors still deal with.

  50. El Dub

    El DubIl y a 9 mois

    Goose bumps

  51. Ed Ness

    Ed NessIl y a 9 mois

    I’m an artist, and I actually learned something here today. RDR2 is my favorite game ever created, just for the extreme, and exaggerated landscapes.

  52. BINOMAN007

    BINOMAN007Il y a 9 mois

    Great video, but history isn't black and white, but shades of grey. There were atrocities carried out by both sides Native Americans and American settlers, just as there were great things done. You had passive tribes and aggressive tribes, just as you had settlers who wanted to live in peace with the natives and settlers who didn't. It was a terrible clash of cultures just like when the spanish went into South America up into Mexico.

  53. Death watch

    Death watchIl y a 9 mois

    You seem to think progress goes hand-in-hand with human decency.

  54. Thanos

    ThanosIl y a 9 mois

    I almost fell asleep

  55. 3a3a3a

    3a3a3aIl y a 9 mois

    5:30 classic polygon

  56. Okha

    OkhaIl y a 9 mois

    also 7:15

  57. 3a3a3a

    3a3a3aIl y a 9 mois

    You managed to turn something so apolitical into a white people shitfest, even the most hardcore communist propagandists would be jelous

  58. Brent

    BrentIl y a 9 mois

    Talk about grasping at straws to make a video...there's an awful lot of bullshit spread throughout.

  59. Mick Bohannon

    Mick BohannonIl y a 9 mois

    Stunning video

  60. Master Shake

    Master ShakeIl y a 9 mois

    Click bait may I say?

  61. Punlshed Snake

    Punlshed SnakeIl y a 9 mois

    Wait a polygon video that's actually informative and interesting? If they keep this up I might actually subscribe.

  62. André Revolution

    André RevolutionIl y a 9 mois

    HDR paintings ❤

  63. Acacia Rogers Art

    Acacia Rogers ArtIl y a 9 mois

    This is a nice vieo and i love RDR2, but as a realism painter i just gotta point out that the landscapes in the game and these paintings bear similarity in light and atmosphere because they are both trying to replicate reality, and not because one is inspired by the other. You could maybe argue that the layout and scenery were inspired by wild west art, but rockstar stated this isnt the case. They probably traveled to places such as colorado or texas and took photography of the landscapes and used that as reference. This is a good kind of video to make, but id consider rewording or changing the intent.

  64. alex ramos

    alex ramosIl y a 9 mois

    Aaaaaaannnnnnd there it is (5:30). White people suck right?