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Catalog Number X1952.01.09
Object Name Painting
Artist Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)
Dimensions H-24 W-36 inches
Medium Oil on canvas
Date 1923
Notes Like many of Russell's paintings, 'Men of the Open Range' offers a realistic depiction of cowboy life in a bygone era. Riders set out at daybreak to begin a long day's work. They leave behind their cow camp, which is still visible on the river far below them. The white horse that dominates the center of the image has a blindfold attached to the bridle and red spur marks on its shoulders-clear indications that the morning did not begin peacefully for the rider and his "green broke" mount.

More than that, however, 'Men of the Open Range' is also a romantic homage to heroic figures of the Old West. In this painting, Russell's ever-growing nostalgia for a way of life that has passed combines with his mastery of composition and vivid use of color to create an epic statement.
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