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Catalog Number X1965.01.01
Title KOOTENAI CAMP ON SWAN LAKE
Object Name Painting
Artist Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)
Dimensions H-30 W-96 inches
Medium Oil on canvas
Date 1925-1926
Notes Still on his easel at the time of Russell's death, 'Kootenai Camp on Swan Lake' remains unfinished. Because it is incomplete, however, it reveals much about the Cowboy Artist's technique as an oil painter during this late stage of his career. First, he underpainted the entire canvas, fixing the overall composition and defining light and dark areas in order to create the desired effect of illumination by filling the entire canvas with a background wash of layers of color before adding the more intricate details of the composition. In this painting, the majestic mountains that form the distant background and the heavily forested middle ground have been roughed in; tipis, bare tree trunks, and a fire-lit sweat lodge have begun to take shape in the foreground; and intended details-the inhabitants of the village, a horse, and a canoe on the shores of the lake-can be vaguely discerned in initial swirls of paint.
Search Terms Tipi
Teepee
American Indian
Native American
Kootenai
Swan Lake
Art