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The early 20th century saw a renewal in the art world. Where before there would have been space for artists to practice their craft by portraying the reality around them, the growing popularization of photography meant that people no longer necessarily needed the skill of an artist to be able to know what other parts of the world looked like. That would have two main immediate results: on the one hand, there was a development in the portrayal of the artist’s internal life and sensations of their environment, leading into Modernism; on the other, artists like Charles Marion Russell, the Cowboy Artist, kept portraying their surroundings but in increasingly more idealized manners.
This watercolor from 1898 is a fantastic example of the latter, depicting a scene that, while it may never have happened as such itself, is a summary of the artist’s experiences in the place chosen as his subject matter. In it, a group of well-armed natives haggles with the Anglo owner of the establishment, looking to, apparently, trade furs for fabric. No smiles can be seen, and the exchange has a slightly tense feeling to it, leading the observer to believe that there was an uneasy peace in this situation, created by both sides’ need for trade and resources. This scene is perhaps much more telling of the realities of frontier living than Russell’s many depictions of violent clashes between Natives and Europeans, especially where the former are seen to be raiding or in some way harassing the latter.
The place depicted by Russell in this watercolor would have been, as the title tells us, Joe Kipp’s Trading Post, an area, often visited by Russell in his time as a cowboy. Originally located in Browning, Montana, the trading post would’ve been right in the middle of the Blackfeet reservation, and as such would’ve been an essential point of contact between Europeans and Natives in the region.
Interestingly enough, the Natives in this watercolor do not bear the same type of clothing and equipment with them that the people of the Blackfoot tribe would later have in the many depictions Russell would later make of them. That could raise the question of whether this, an earlier work, wouldn’t be closer to reality, while the latter would’ve been more or less influenced by other depictions of Natives, tailored to better adequate itself to what people would’ve believed the Blackfeet to look like.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Joe Kipp's Trading Post, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Joe Kipp's Trading Post that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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