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Although it isn’t rare for painters to venture into other forms of art, especially sculpture, it certainly isn’t typical for them to be so well known in their time for their parallel endeavors as Charles Marion Russell. In the Montana region where he made his home, the artist was at least as well known for being a popular storyteller as he was for his work in the fine arts. While that could simply be understood as a lack of refinement and culture among the Montana settlers, which included in great part cowboys, hunters, miners and the like, all stereotypes of the Wild West, but also a whole civilian population that had established and structured the American society around which those stereotypes thrived, should be observed with a more contextual point of view.
It is undeniable that Russell was an extremely gifted storyteller, and although his stories and essays were less than well received critically, that characteristic makes itself apparent through his painting as well. His paintings, like this oil on canvas probably painted circa 1902, convey a whole universe of experience behind them. The characters, while stereotypical, are unique and bear detail that hint at a larger story, at a broader continuum before and after the moment captured on the canvas. While the scene and the characters’ attitudes themselves raise a slew of questions about why these men are tracking down the wagons that can barely be made out in the distance and the identity of those in the wagons, contextual knowledge of the American West is quick to lead the observer to conclusions.
This creates, to an extent, a conflict on what is known about Russell and his art, one that is very typical of his time. Similar to Orientalists like Jean-Léon Gérôme and Eugène Delacroix, who would portray their subject matter intermittently as alien evil creatures and desirable exotic beauties, Russell, being a man of his time, seems undecided on whether the Native Americans he so often portrayed were victims or perpetrators of crimes, whether they were noble savages or howling barbarians. As such, even though here the Natives have obviously nefarious plans for the seemingly innocent group of wagons, in other similar paintings with almost the same composition the Natives are portrayed in a much friendlier light, like in The Scouts, for example, where the simple omission of the target is enough to change the feel of the painting altogether.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Wagons, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Wagons 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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