Waiting for a Chinook

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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"Waiting for a Chinook" or the Last of Five Thousand, Charles M. Russell's paintings and sketches of frontier life, inspired by actual experiences, made him the most famous artist of his type in the world. He was known as the "Cowboy Artist." He made his first reputation by painting the accompanying original picture. It tells an interesting story. Russell in 1886, was in the employ of Stadler & Kaufman, large cattlemen. He has thousands of head of their cattle in his charge. During the winter of 1886 ocurred one of the most severe snowstorms in Montana's history. Cattle and sheep died literally by thousands. Stadler & Kaufman becoming alarmed, wrote Russell as to the condition of the stock in his charge. He did not write but with his brush drew a picture which told the whole story. It was the accompanying picture. The coyotes awaited the last victim of the storm. The picture became famous. It is one of the most noted of all of Russell's works.

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