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Charles M. Russell ( 1864–1926 )

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Born into an affluent St. Louis family in 1864, Charles M. Russell railed against convention from a young age. Shirking the comforts of home, as a teenager he left his family in Missouri to pursue a western life in Montana. Russell found work on a ranch as a sheepherder before eventually graduating to a wrangler and a cowboy. From the back of a horse he quickly fell in love with the West and sought to capture it on paper or mold in wax.

In 1888 one of Russell’s sketches appeared in Harper’s Weekly, the first national exposure for this self-taught cowboy artist. That winter, Russell lived with the Blood Indians in Canada, gaining first-hand knowledge of their way of life. In the following years, his career as an artist took off and his work steadily grew in popularity. Lacking the business where-with-all to make any real money, Russell frequently gave his pieces away to friends and to pay his debts, doing the occasional saloon commission along the way. All of that changed when he married Nancy Cooper in 1896. Nancy possessed the business savvy to match Russell’s artistic talent, and together they made a formidable pair. Russell had a home and studio in Great Falls, Montana, where he worked until his death in 1926, spending his winters in Pasadena, California.

 

Artist Works

Lot 73
(2014)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Buffalo Hunt (1901)
watercolor on paper
8.75 x 17 (sight) in
$700,000
Lot 119
(2012)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Unbranded (ca. 1897)
oil on canvas
13 x 20.25 in
$575,000
Lot 132
(2007)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Sighting The Enemy ()
Watercolor
20 x 28.5 in
$560,000
Lot 250
(2016)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Buffalo Hunting (1894)
oil on canvas
20 1/8 x 24 in
$450,000
Lot 146
(2007)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Waiting Warrior (1902)
Watercolor on Paper
9.5 x 14.5 in
$336,000
Lot 139
(2013)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Untitled ()
gouache en grisaille
12 x 18 in
$128,700
Lot 137
(2013)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Roping A Calf ()
watercolor on paper
8.625 x 13.375 in
$117,000
Lot 84
(2010)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Letter to Friend Bob (1909)
ink on paper letter
11 x 8.5 in
$86,250
Lot 186
(2015)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Menu (Cafe Noir) (ca. 1896)
watercolor and pencil on paper
6 x 4 (sight) in
$81,900
Lot 63
(2011)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Last Laugh ()
bronze
4.5 x 8 x 5.25 in
$63,250
Lot 136
(2012)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
The Battle of the Elk ()
watercolor and pencil on paper
12 x 18 in
$57,500
Lot 53
(2011)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Riders on Mountain Trail ()
pencil and ink on paper
10.5 x 9.5 in
$43,125
Lot 122
(2011)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Tracks ()
pen and ink on card stock
8 x 10 in
$37,375
Lot 122
(2011)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Tracks (Reverse) ()
pen and ink on card stock
8 x 10 in
$37,375
Lot 182
(2015)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Camper Flipping Flapjacks (ca. 1911)
pen and ink on paper
10 1/4 x 12 1/4 in
$35,100
Lot 248
(2016)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
The Rescue ()
pen and ink on paper
17 1/2 x 12 1/2 in
$35,100
Lot 121
(2011)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Oh, Mother, What is It? ()
bronze
4 x 9 x 4 in
$31,625
Lot 134
(2012)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Round-Up Camp (ca. 1883)
watercolor on paper
6.5 x 13 in
$28,750
Lot 164
(2007)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Joan Of Arc (1910)
Oil on Board
12.5 x 9.5 in
$23,000
Lot 109
(2011)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Indian Chief Joseph ()
mixed media
5 x 3 in
$15,525
Lot 212
(2013)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
XT Bar Longhorn (1920)
bronze #28
3.5 x 6.5 x 3.25 in
$14,040
Lot 67
(2016)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Horse and Cowboy Tumbling Downhill ()
pen and ink on paper
5 x 4 in
$14,040
Lot 53
(2012)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Plains Indian Camp (ca. 1923)
watercolor and pencil on paper
3.75 x 7.87 in
$9,200
Lot 147
(2007)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Big Horn Sheep- Winner Take All (1904)
Watercolor
10.5 x 7.5 in
$200,000–$300,000
Lot 115
(2009)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Oh Mother, What Is It? (1914)
bronze with brown patina
4 x 8.75 x 4.5 in
$80,000–$100,000
Lot 64
(2011)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Wolf and Steer ()
watercolor on paper
8 x 6 in
$20,000–$30,000
Lot 65
(2011)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Wolf and Bull ()
watercolor on paper
6 x 8 in
$20,000–$30,000
Lot 249
(2017)
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Brave ()
watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper
15 1/2 x 10 1/2 in
$65,000