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In 1882 a young 18-year-old Charles Marion Russell left his family home in Missouri, dreaming of becoming a cowboy and participating in the taming of the Wild West. By that time, the untamed American West had long taken hold of the American imagination, mostly through novels and the eventual print. It was often portrayed as an unwelcoming land, where only the strongest thrived, but reaches beyond belief were ripe for the taking, the latter point especially reinforced by the many gold rushes throughout the 19th century. Sadly for the young Russell, by the time he went West the gold rushes in the region were all finished so that whatever riches were to be found had to be bred or grown in the myriad farms that dotted the American West and, by his own account, Russell was especially bad at all things agrarian and at being a cowpoke, having had a short and unsuccessful career as a shepherd which, almost by accident, led to his artistic career.
The point to be made here is, most of all, that, although Russell himself did not experience the adventures and misadventures he so colorfully portrays in his paintings, he was immersed in that imaginary world. That immersion would birth a wealth of imagery, of which this beautiful oil on canvas from 1900 is a part. While there is no evidence that Russell was ever actually involved in any dangerous situations such as this, living in Montana immersed him in the tales and stories of those who did or at least would say they did. This depiction of a Native American attack on cowboys is one of many, each one with its own story to tell through the details and incredibly evocative imagery.
Depicted here is an integral part of that imaginary in the form of a Native American attack on a group of cowboys. Here, Russell’s penchant for storytelling is confronted with the depiction of a scene devoid of context. While the action is quite self-explanatory, pitting cowboy versus Native American as mortal enemies, very little information is given as to what exactly caused the attack. Whether the cowpokes had ventured too deep into Native territory or the Natives themselves are venturing out on a raid, the focus here is on the action, not on the context in which the action is happening.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Attack, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Attack 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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