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Charles M. Russell: The Women in His Life and Art

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.

Exhibit at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

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. Charles M. Russell: The Women in His Life and Art includes 60 works in oil, watercolor, pen and ink and bronze that span Russell’s career from 1890 to 1926, as well as several additional works by notable artists. The exhibition is co-curated by Joan Carpenter Troccoli, Curator Emeritus at the Denver Art Museum, and Emily Crawford Wilson, Curator of the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Mont. 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 will open to the public on November 20, 2018, and will remain on view through April 14, 2019.

An accompanying exhibition catalog will be available for purchase in the Sue and Robert Karatz Museum Store. The hardcover catalogue includes full-color reproductions of artworks by Russell and insightful essays by Jennifer Bottomly-O’looney, Curator, Montana Historical Society, which lent a substantial number of key works to the exhibition; Thomas A. Petrie, Chairman of the Board of the C.M. Russell Museum; and renowned Western historian and Russell authority Brian W. Dippie.

Exhibition Presenter Sponsors are:
The Richard C. Adkerson Family Foundation
J.P. Morgan
Scottsdale Art Auction

RSVPs are required. If you are a member, please make your reservation by calling the museum’s Visitor Services desk during museum business hours at 480-686-9539 ext. 200 by November 10. Please note that the Visitor Services phone line is not monitored after-hours or on Mondays, when the museum is closed.

Artwork: Charles M. RussellKeeoma, 1898, oil on canvas; Montana Historical Society, Mackay Collection, Helena, Montana.

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