Best known for his portrayals of the American West as a man’s world, Charles M. Russell (1864-1926) depicted a surprising number of women throughout his artistic career. While many of his images of women conform to the pervasive stereotypes and artistic trends of turn-of-the-century America, his representations were more nuanced and action-oriented than those of numerous contemporaries. Building off of the pioneering research of Ginger K. Renner, the exhibition will include 60 works in oil, watercolor, pen and ink, and bronze that span Russell’s career from 1890 to 1926, plus several additional works by notable artists. This exhibition is on view though April 14, 2019.
Exhibition Presenter Sponsors:
The Richard C. Adkerson Family Foundation
Scottsdale Art Auction
Marcia & Hugh Ruddock
The Craig & Barbara Barrett Foundation
Charles M. Russell, Wood Nymph, c. 1898, watercolor, gouache, and graphite on paper; C. M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana, purchased with funds from Friends of The Exalted Ruler and the Louise Smith Memorial Fund.
Charles M. Russell, Keeoma, 1898, oil on canvas; Montana Historical Society, Mackay Collection, Helena, Montana.
Charles M. Russell, Lady Buckeroo, c. 1920–1925, watercolor, pen and ink on paper; Montana Historical Society, Mackay Collection, Helena, Montana.