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Catalog Number X1912.06.01
Title LEWIS AND CLARK MEETING INDIANS AT ROSS' HOLE
Object Name Painting
Artist Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)
Dimensions H-140 W-296 inches
Medium Oil on canvas
Date 1912
Notes In 1911 during construction of the wings of the state capitol building, Charlie Russell was commissioned to create a large mural for the House chambers. The painting's size did prove to be a challenge both physically (he had to raise the roof on his log-cabin studio to accommodate the overly large canvas) and artistically.

Art historian Patricia M. Burnham observed, "The final result is grander than could have ever been anticipated. . . . With a sweep of horses, Salish warriors, and tilted lances in the center foreground, Russell brought the action into the visual space of the assembly. By relegating Lewis and Clark to the quiet of the middle ground at right, Russell gives over the most important part of the picture space to Montana's original inhabitants. Nowhere else in the Capitol is the Indian presence in Montana so celebrated."
Search Terms Salish
Lewis and Clark
American Indian
Native American
Wolf
Dog
Art
Capitol Collection