|Title||LEWIS AND CLARK MEETING INDIANS AT ROSS' HOLE|
|Artist||Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)|
|Dimensions||H-140 W-296 inches|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
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."
Lewis and Clark