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Catalog Number X1980.03.01
Object Name Painting
Artist Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)
Dimensions H-3.625 W-6 inches
Medium Watercolor
Date 1882
Notes The earliest watercolor in the Society's collection is a small group of untitled Indian vignettes Russell painted on a single page of an autograph book when he was visiting his home in St. Louis in 1882. This small group depicts a somewhat trompe l'oeil view, with a scene to the left showing two Indians on horseback in the foreground, one with his left arm raised, signaling to people in the background. On the right side of the watercolor are two small scenes almost like snapshots, one resting on the other, the first partially obscuring the second. The lower image depicts a lodge interior with a group of blanketed Indians seated around a campfire, and one Indian male addressing the group. The other view is a night scene depicting a standing wolf with eyes glowing in the dark and a full moon above him. The piece is signed "C. M. Russell" and bears a realistic buffalo skull in the style of many of his early works. This very small piece inside a leather-bound autograph book shows the dark, somewhat muddied watercolors of Russell's earliest efforts, yet it still successfully captures the three images on one tiny page.
Search Terms American Indian
Native American