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Established in 1873, the Northwest Mounted Police were responsible for law and order in the 2 million square miles Canada had purchased from the Hudson's Bay Company. Despite the enormity of their charge, they took a much more humanitarian attitude toward the Native Americans under their jurisdiction than did their counterparts in the U.S. It was for this reason Chief Joseph attempted to bring the Nez Perce to Canada and many of the Blood, Blackfeet, and Lakota moved north of the border after encounters with American troops. Russell lived briefly among the Bloods in Canada and was an admirer of the Mounties methods and ideals, later creating several...
Created by: Russell, Charles M.
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Weight 2 lbs., 5 ozs.
Created by: Russell, Charles M.
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Overall Height 9 3/4". Weight 7 lbs., 14 ozs. including base. Cast 1/21
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Weight 5 1/2 lbs. Signed on log under big bear, "CMR skull". Cast 14/24
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An intimate view of a Native American family, Three Generations reveals Russell's powerful empathy for their way of life. Throughout his career, Russell repeatedly painted scenes of Indian culture with which white viewers could sympathize - scenes of courtship, of women going about their daily chores, of the efforts involved in moving camp (or changing homes), and most of all, scenes like this emphasizing the role of family. What parents, no matter his or her own ethnic background, could fail to feel a thrill of recognition and identification with the sight of a child playing in his mothers arms while...
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Russell's summer home, Bull Head Lodge, was located at the foot of Lake McDonald in Montana. His old friend John E. Lewis built the Lewis Glacier Hotel at the head of the lake. In 1919, on one of their annual fall hunts, the discussion turned to religion. Challenged to present his views, Russell said he would think about it and answer them later. That answer arrived in the form of three magnificent watercolors, one for each of the men. This painting of The Three Wise Men was his gift to John Lewis. Few painters have so touchingly rendered the mixture...
Created by: Russell, Charles M.
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Weight 4 lbs., 14 ozs. Cast 1/14
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One of his final paintings, this is also considered by many critics to be one of his finest. Set at the mouth of a stream known as "The Medicine River" close to where it enters the Missouri, it features an Indian hunting party forestalled from following the tracks of their quarry by his or her entry into the water. Unlike the vivid action of many of Russell's paintings, this one instead depicts the tension of action held in check. Ripples reveal the recent flight of 3 ducks, while the lead pony is arrested in motion as its rider searches the...
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In 1866, Nelson Storey led the trail drive bringing the first herd of longhorns, like those depicted here, from Texas to Montana. Russell participated in several drives and, once again, his experience as a working cowboy makes for an authentic representation of the experience. Because few cowboys owned a compass, the general direction for the following day was set each evening by pointing the tongue of the chuck wagon toward the North Star. Now, during the daylight, the trail boss sits atop a small rise shown in the foreground and checks out the progress of the herd, having already scouted...
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This was one of Russells largest and most ambitious paintings; he only painted five larger during his career. Amazingly, it was raffled off for $300 at the Park Hotel in Great Falls, Montana. Many art scholars consider it Russells finest work. It is noteworthy for its sophisticated composition and technical accomplishment, including his use of foreshortening in the painting of the rifle held by a trapper just to the left of the center, making the barrel of the gun seem to follow the viewer no matter where he or she stands in the gallery. Not only is this an advanced...
Created by: Russell, Charles M.
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