In Without Knocking. Charles M. Russell. (1864-1926)
|Dover Publications. Inc. Mineola, New York. Art of the American West.|
This is an example of the "Cowboy" image of the American West, rough, sometimes breaking the law, think Clint Eastwood.
Charles M. Russell was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on March 19th, 1864. As a child he fantasized about being a cowboy in the American West and at an early age was drawing his Western dreams and sculpting. He left home at 16 for Montana, and after spending two years there, became a wrangler.
For eleven years he indulged in two of his passions, cowboying and art. Because he was self-taught, his wife Nancy is credited with giving him the confidence to become a full-time artist, he was not sure he could support himself and his family. She also became his business manager and is credited with giving his art the financial success that it was. He did very well selling his art back East, where he said his paintings brought "dead man's prices." He also created bronzes with the same Western theme and even now, one can buy copies on line. But his art now sells for millions.
|Charles M. Russell|