||About Charlie Russell
We've used several paintings from Charlie
Russell on our site. Charlie, together with a
handful of other artists such as Frederic
Remington, captured the west as it once was. The
drama and daily hard work of the cowboy lives on
in the canvases of Charlie Russell's artwork.
Charlie Russell left St. Louis at the age of sixteen
and moved to Montana were he was a cowboy with Monte his
beloved horse for over eleven years before giving it up
to paint full time. Nicknamed the Kid,
Charlie Russell never out grew his clumsiness as a
cowboy but remained faithfully a hard worker.
In 1890, Charlie Russell did produce a portfolio of
artwork entitled the Studies of Western Life but
generally speaking Charlie Russell did not consider
himself an artist. Most of Charlie Russell
's work at this time was either given away or threw away.
In 1896, at age 32 Charlie Russell 's life changed
when he married Nancy Cooper she was sixteen years old.
Nancy and Charlie Russell settled in Great Falls,
Charlie Russell built a working studio. Now keeping
Charlie Russell working in the studio was easy. Keeping
Charlie Russell from giving away his artwork was
extremely difficult. It was actually Nancy who
recognized the worth and value of her husband's art work.
Russell greatly admired the American Indians,
especially those of the Northern Plains, and spent the
summer of 1888 visiting often with the Blood Indians in
Alberta, Canada. This experience affected him for the
rest of his life, and can be seen in the many detailed
works he created of Plains Indians.
To learn more
about the life and works of Charlie Russell, please
visit the Charlie