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  • Charles Marion Russell
    Mar 19, 1864 - Oct 24, 1926
  • Buffalo Bill's Duel with Yellowhand - Charles Russell was the "other" artist (besides Frederic Remington) who chronicled life in the Wild West. Unlike Remington, Russell settled permanently in the west (Montana) and wholeheartedly embraced everything life there had to offer. He was a "real" cowboy, lived with a mountain man and was an adopted brother of the Blackfoot tribe. His oils, watercolors and bronzes reflect an intimate knowledge of his subjects, and no one was more surprised than he when they began fetching high prices.
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Buffalo Bill's Duel with Yellowhand
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  • Charles Marion Russell
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  • c. 1917
    Oil on canvas
    29 7/8 inches x 47 7/8 inches.

    As a boy, Charlie Russell's head was stuffed full of the Wild West heroics personified by William F. (Buffalo Bill) Cody. In 1917, the year Cody died, he recreated one of the legendary episodes in the scout's career, Buffalo Bill's Duel with Yellow Hand. Although already an established stage performer, in 1876 Buffalo Bill was back in the West serving as a scout for the Fifth Cavalry at the time of the death of Custer at Little Big Horn. In July of that year he was with the Fifth when they encountered a party of Cheyenne. In his memoirs Cody tells of the leader of the party challenging him to a personal duel during which he killed the Indian in an exchange of rifle shots. Having finished off Yellow Hair (or as it has erroneously been rendered through the years, Yellowhand), Cody "scientifically scalped him in about five seconds" and, waving the trophy over his head, called out for the benefit of the approaching troopers, "The first scalp for Custer."

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Other paintings by Charles Marion Russell:

The Hold Up
The Hold Up
Lost in a Snowstorm We are Friends
Lost in a Snowstorm We are Friends
A Bronc to Breakfast
A Bronc to Breakfast
A Bad One 1912
A Bad One 1912
Charles Marion RussellCharles M. Russell - Montana's most famous artist, and, along with Frederic Remington, one of the two most famous artists ever to paint the West - was born in St. Louis, Missouri on March 19, 1864. He came to Montana in 1880, at the age of 16, just four years after Custer's fatal last stand at the Little Big Horn.

His first job in Montana was sheepherder - and he was terrible at it. "I'd lose the damn things as fast as they put 'em on the ranch," he said later. Fired from that job, he helped professional meat hunter, Jake Hoover, spending about two years learning about Indians, wildlife, and Montana's past.

In 1882 he went to work as a cowboy, working as night wrangler on cattle drives and round-ups. During the bitter cold winter of 1886-1887, Charlie was staying on the O.H. Ranch. In a reply to the owners of the ranch who asked about the condition of their herd, Charlie drew a sketch of a gaunt, starving cow surrounded by wolves, and titled it "Waiting for a Chinook" The sketch was reproduced in the Montana newspapers, and is still today one of Charlie's best-known pictures.

During his days on the range, Charlie always had a sketch pad and some brushes with him, and occasionally he tried to make his living as an artist. But he always went back to working as a cowboy, saying he'd "rather be a poor cow puncher than a poor artist." But in 1896 his situation turned around. He married a pretty young girl named Nancy Cooper, and as soon as she took over the business end of his art career, things began to look up. Within just a few years Nancy was charging collectors what Charlie always called "dead man's prices."

Charlie Russell died on October 24, 1926, of heart failure, and he was deeply mourned by the entire state of Montana. In Great Falls, city offices and schools were closed on the day of his funeral. His first roundup boss, Horace Brewster, told the newspaper, "He never swung a mean loop in his life, never done dirt to man or animal, in all the days he lived."