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Charles M. Russell

Charles M. Russell Charles Marion Russell (March 19, 1864 - October 24, 1926) was a famous artist of Western America. Also known as C.M. Russell, this great American artist produced over two thousand paintings of Western United States imagery, as well as bronze sculptures. Russell was also a celebrated author and storyteller as well. Located in Great Falls, Montana, Russells hometown, is the C.M. Russell Museum Complex. It is home to thousands of Russell artworks, artifacts, and personal items.

Plunder on the Horizon Bringing Up The Trail   view gallery »

Russell always had art in his life. As a child in Missouri, he would sketch and create clay miniatures of animals. He had a powerful interest in the Wild West and spent a great amount of time reading about it. When Russell was sixteen he left school and began work on a sheep ranch in Montana.
By eighteen, Russell was a on the job as a cattle hand. It was during the brutal winter of 1886-87 that Russell found inspiration for a painting that would eventually acquaint him with publicity. As the story goes, Russell was at work in the Judith Basin of Central Montana at the O-H Ranch. The foreman of the ranch got a letter from the owner inquiring about how the herd of cattle had dealt with the harsh weather. The foreman did not send back a letter. Instead, he had sent back a watercolor that Russell had created that was the size of a postcard. It was an image of wolves watching gaunt steer with a gray winter sky above. The owner of the ranch showed the watercolor to many people and showcased it in the window of a small shop in Helena, Montana. Work began to flow in on a constant basis after this for Russell. Russell later created another version of `Waiting for a Chinook`, which was the title of the watercolor. The new version had greater detail and became one of Russell`s most famous works.
Russell was married in 1896. In 1897 he and his wife moved to Great Falls. Spending the majority of the remainder of his life here, Russell became somewhat of a local celebrity and critics worldwide gave him their acclaim. Russell`s wife set up numerous shows across the United States and in London creating a vast number of followers for Russell. She is given most of the credit for Russell`s international popularity.

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