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Catalog Number X1952.03.03
Title CAUGHT IN THE ACT
Object Name Painting
Artist Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)
Dimensions H-20.5 W-28.25 inches
Medium Oil on canvas
Date 1888
Notes As exemplified by this painting, Russell's early work was more realistic, and less romantic, than his later masterpieces. His technique-although still far from the expert level he would ultimately achieve-was evolving. In 'Caught in the Act', he effectively employed a monochromatic palette to convey the atmosphere of a harsh time and place. Always an expert storyteller, here Russell captured a dramatic moment when two cowboys out "riding the line" discover a small band of Indians in the act of butchering a freshly killed beef. The central figure signs to the two cowpunchers that his people are starving, while the frigid wind-indicated by the blowing of the horses' tails, the cowboys' scarves, and the Indians' coattails-exacerbates their dire situation.
Search Terms Cattle
American Indian
Native American
Cowboy
Dog
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