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Catalog Number 1980.46.01
Object Name Painting
Artist Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)
Dimensions H-8.5 W-10.75 inches
Medium Watercolor/Paper
Date 1892-1893
Notes 'Man Riding Horse in Snow Storm' is an understated piece that effectively captures a cold and brutal winter blizzard in which a weary cowboy has been caught while riding across the Montana prairie. This bleak and potentially life-threatening situation was a dreaded event that all cowboys feared. Russell gave the painting to his friend Bill McDonough when they and five other cowboy friends were batching together in a small cabin in Chinook during the winter of 1892-1893. "The Hungry Seven," as they were known, spent the winter boozing it up and scraping by. Their meager provisions were supplemented by Russell's small income from sales of his art. McDonough continued in the cattle business, later operating his own ranch near Culbertson on the Missouri River. The small watercolor was obviously treasured by McDonough. It has been stained, folded, and refolded many times where it must have been carried in his pocket.
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