The Russell: An Exhibition and Sale to Benefit the C.M. Russell Museum
March 17, 2018
From The Russell:
“Buffalo Hunt NO. 7” by Charles M. Russell represents an important step forward in the artist’s studied and steadily improving depiction of buffalo hunting activities. Russell’s portrayal of the hunter in the foreground is strong and effective, with the paint horse and brightly colored beaded scabbard and quiver drawing the viewer’s eye to the center of the action. The 21-7/8 x 34-3/8 inch painting also shows his progression as an artist, achieving greater sense of depth in this image than previous works involving buffalo hunting scenes.
Important watercolors by Russell, such as “Assiniboine War Party,” will also be offered for sale at the Live Auction. Watercolors comprised about one-third of Russell’s oeuvre, roughly 1,100 works of art. Additionally, three bronzes by Russell, “Spirit of Winter,” “A Bronc Twister,” and “Nature’s Cattle,” will be included in the sale on Saturday evening.
“Rooted in common interest, forged in friendships, and wrapped in excitement, the Russell auction has endured for five decades as generations have gathered in an annual celebration of Charlie and his multi-dimensional legacy,” says Tom Figarelle, C.M. Russell Museum Executive Director. “As we approach the fiftieth Russell Auction to Benefit the C.M. Russell Museum, we want to thank the community of Great Falls as well as the thousands of artists, patrons, and art collectors who have joined us over the years in support of the museum.”