More than 100 of the finest watercolors by Charles M. Russell (1864–1926) will be featured in this special exhibition. Never before have so many of these singular depictions of the Old West been brought together.
In addition to the watercolors, the exhibition also includes a special section created by the Amon Carter’s paper conservator, Jodie Utter, devoted to the technical aspect of his work. Actual studio materials such as his paints, brushes, and his last watercolor palette are on display.
Russell’s advice to a fellow artist to “sinch your saddle on romance” defined his work, where vivid subjects culled from his own youthful experiences were fused with the power of his artistic imagination to create unforgettable images of the mythic American frontier. During the run of the Amon Carter’s exhibition, the Sid Richardson Museum in Fort Worth is also displaying a selection of Russell’s watercolors.
Romance Maker: The Watercolors of Charles M. Russell is organized by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The exhibition and publication are generously supported by BNSF Railway, the Sid Richardson Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Trevor Rees-Jones, the Erwin E. Smith Foundation, the Lakeside Foundation, and the Peters Family Art Foundation.