Charles M. Russell: The Life and Legend of America's Cowboy Artist
By John Taliaferro. Softcover, 271 pages.
Born to an affluent St. Louis family in 1864, young Charles M. Russell read thrilling tales of the West and filled sketchbooks with imagined frontier scenes. At sixteen he headed west to become a cowboy, consorting with the rough denizens of Montana Territory and celebrating the American frontier's glory days in some 4,000 paintings, watercolors, drawings, and sculptures.
John Taliaferro reveals the man behind Montana's famed Cowboy Artist: Extraordinarily gifted, self-effacing, charming, and mischievious, Russell was a friend to rough frontier residents and Hollywood stars alike. Before his death in 1926, Russell saw the world change dramatically and the West he loved pass into legend. By then, he was revered as one of the country's ranking western artists with works displayed in the finest galleries, his romantic vision of the Old West forever shaping our own.
Softcover, 271 pages.