Saturday, March 27, 2010

Charles Marion Russell

"We Are Friends" painted in 1888.

Charles M. Russell is the artist I have chosen to explore for the month of March. He was born March 19, 1864 in St. Louis, Missouri. He is considered a U.S. western Realist artist.

"Carson's Men" painted in 1913

Charlie went to Montana when he was 16 to be a cowboy. He was a cowboy and wrangler for several years until he retired to become a full-time artist. Charlie's love of Montana kept him there for 46 years. He even built a log studio adjacent to his home where he painted most of his western scenes.

"To The Victor Belongs The Spoils"

Since he was the first “Western” artist to actually live and work in the west, he could depict his subject matter with knowledge and experience. Charles M. Russell completed approximately 4,000 works of art during his lifetime. He made paintings and sculptures that showed life on the western frontier. He died on October 24, 1926 at his home in Great Falls, Montana.

If you are in the mood to tackle a puzzle of his work, here is his painting, "Prairie Fire."

Now click on Prairie Fire 1898 to begin the puzzle.