The Versatile American Painter- Charles Marion Russell
Charles Marion Russell was called by many names, such as Charlie and Kid Russell. This American artist was born on March 19, 1864. He holds the record for having over 2000 paintings of native Americans, landscapes, and cowboys. Despite their versatile painting talents, he was preferably known as the ‘The Cowboy Artist.’ His achievements were not limited to just paintings, but he was also an author and a storyteller. He has a dedicated museum to his name that is named as The C.M. Russell Museum Complex, which is situated in Great Falls, in his hometown. Apart from paintings, there are lots of personal objects and artifacts of Charles that are housed in that museum.
Charles’s Recognition was in Resemblance to His Talents
Charles had an utmost interest and passion for painting the cowboy arts. Throughout his life, he painted, wrote stories, was an author, and also chose to be an advocate for the Native Americans in all of the West. Some of his artworks have recognition on a global level and were sold for big bucks even after his death. One of his paintings named Lewis and Clark Meeting the Flathead Indians was bought and hanged at the State Capitol Building, Helena. Not just that, but the Piegans of 1918 was auctioned in 2005 and was sold at $5.6 million. Even after his death on October 24, 1926, he still lived among the Americans and art lovers through his paintings.
His Works made him Pursue a Diverse Career
Paintings were not just his only forte, as he was an author as well! So, here are some paintings and books by him that contributed to his collective fame:
Good Medicine: Memories of the Real West- Book by Charles Marion Russell
Rawhide Rawlins Stories- Book by Charles Marion Russell
Meat’s Not Meat Till It’s in the Pan- Painting by Charles Marion Russell
When Shadows Hint Death- Painting by Charles Marion Russell