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Catalog Number X1952.03.01
Title TOLL COLLECTORS
Object Name Painting
Artist Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)
Medium Oil on canvas
Date 1913
Notes This painting exemplifies in many ways the mastery of oil painting that Russell achieved at the height of his career. Late-afternoon light illuminates the two central figures and adds drama to their meeting, while the darker, shadowed foreground serves to intensify the effect of the light. Russell's use of more vivid colors and a looser painting technique add to the painting's visual appeal without lessening his ability to convey action or his impact as a storyteller. Here, he captures the tension of an encounter between a band of Native Americans demanding a toll in beef to let the cowboys and their charges cross the Indians' land.
Search Terms American Indian
Native American
Cowboy
Longhorn
Art
Cattle