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Catalog Number 1980.73.01
Title MOVING OUT
Object Name Painting
Artist Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)
Dimensions H-12.5 W-18.75 inches
Medium Oil on board
Date 1897
Notes Paintings like 'Moving Out' illustrate Russell's regard for and understanding of the traditional nomadic lifeways of Plains peoples, who moved camp according to the dictates of the season: seeking sheltered valleys in the winter and following sources of food-buffalo and other game as well as ripening plants and berries-at other times of the year. Women performed most tasks associated with these moves, freeing the men to ride unencumbered so that they could scout for game and search for signs of enemies or other trouble. In this painting, trade with Euro-Americans is evidenced by the vibrantly striped blanket worn by the central figure as well as the hooded capote worn by the child riding to her rear and the red trade cloth tied into the mane of the white horse and around the neck of the Appaloosa on the right. Appropriately, Russell offsets these harbingers of a new-and in his opinion, much less desirable-way of life with an even greater number of traditional accoutrements, including the aforementioned travois and parfleches, as well as the cradleboard carried by the central figure and the antler-handled quirt in her right hand.
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