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Born in 1864, Charles Marion Russell is widely accepted to be among the most important paragons of what is often called Western or Cowboy Art. That comes from two sources: first that Russell himself left his family home in Missouri at the early age of 16 to become a cowboy in Montana, where we would live for most of the rest of his life; second, because few other artists can be said to embody so perfectly the spirit of adventure that permeated that time and place. It could be said that Russell was probably one of the most influential sources of the cowboy stereotype as it would be seen in the Italian movies from the sixties, which would, in turn, be essential for the construction of the image of the rugged, adventurous cowboy in the public’s imagination.
In this 1923 oil on canvas, we can see that Russell had, by then, firmly established the aesthetic of the cowboy. The rugged, faceless men are by now so typical that the observer can already imagine their sunburnt scowls even though Russell dedicates less than a dozen brush strokes to that. The scene, like most Western scenes, takes place at the end of the afternoon, when the skies become darker and the coming evening adds a tint of bluish-purple to the landscape. In the distance, we can see mountains and the wide-open spaces under which the cowboys carried on their labor.
If the theme of Russell’s art seems to a contemporary observer to be repetitive, it is in the details that the artist’s storytelling talent comes through. Take, for example, the camp in the background, with its fire still roaring even though the Cowboys are moving out on whatever chore they mean to undertake, indicating that not only the group is more extensive than what can be seen here, but also that this is a longer-lasting pause. It is also interesting to notice the detail on the white horse in the center of the composition: its shoulders bear not only the owner’s mark but also recent spur wounds, and it’s been made to wear a blindfold attached to the bridle, which tells anyone familiar with horse taming that this cowboy had a somewhat agitated morning with his young buck.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Men of the Open Range, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Men of the Open Range 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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