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The life and customs of the Native Americans were often in the main stage of Charles Marion Russell’s art. Although from a contemporary point of view the Cowboy Artist’s depictions of the Native American peoples that lived in Montana and the Carolinas at the beginning of the 20th century can be considered quite problematic, in his own time for a white artist, and a cowboy at that, to portray the Native Americans in such a positive light would have been extremely innovative and an honest attempt at giving those people a fair representation. Often described as noble warriors, the Native Americans in Russell’s paintings are portrayed with great attention to detail, their complex clothing expertly depicted, even if from an external point of view that is not capable of understanding each object’s cultural relevance and personal importance for the subject matter.
In this 1905 oil on canvas Russell portrayed a Native American warrior on horseback, wielding a long spear with a thin blade and dressed predominantly in leather and feathers. The warrior scans the horizon intently and, even though he is shown from the front, with a background of dusty plains, his facial expression and the lighting of the scene tell us that he is looking towards the Sun. He is focused on his task because the safety of his tribe depends not only on his senses but also his speed to react to danger. In his back a leather shield rests, telling the observer that, while the warrior is alert, he is not in the process of being attacked or attacking anyone. In other words, he is a sentinel of the plains, an attentive pair of eyes defending his tribe.
Looking at Russell’s other works, it is clear that this piece is the development of a watercolor produced on that same year under the title of A Crow Chief on Horseback, which was auctioned recently at the Bonhams auction house in Los Angeles, California. In the oil painting, the background has been fleshed out, and there are slight changes on the warrior’s face, but it is abundantly clear that one derives from the other. While it is not clear why Russell decided to omit the tribal reference for the oil version, there was no significant change in the depiction that would neutralize the identity of the warrior.
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