Charles M. Russell Frequently Asked Questions
- How much is my Russell worth?
The Museum does not appraise, evaluate, or authenticate works of art. To find an appraiser in your area, please contact the following resources:
- Where can I have my Russell authenticated?
- Bob Drummond, Coeur d'Alene Art Auction, Inc., 208.772.9009 (authentication and valuation)
- Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 505.954.5700
- Catalogue raisonnÃ© project: Charles M. Russell Center, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, 405.325.5937
- Public Collections and Libraries:
- Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming, 307.587.4771
- C. M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana, 406.727.8787, (authentication only, not including sculpture)
- Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 918.596.2700
- Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana, 406.444.2694
- National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 405.478.2250
- Rockwell Museum, Corning, New York, 607.937.5386
- Sid Richardson Collection, Fort Worth, Texas, 817.332.6554
- What books do you have about Russell?
- Sample of Bibliographic Resources in the museum library's collection:
- Adams, Ramon F. Charles M. Russell, The Cowboy Artist. Pasadena: Trails End Publishing Company, 1948.
- Broder, Patricia. Bronzes of the American West. New York: H. N. Abrams, 1974.
- Dippie, Brian W. Remington & Russell: The Sid Richardson Collection. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1983.
- Hassrick, Peter J. Charles M. Russell. New York: Abrams, in Association with NMAA, Smithsonian Institution, 1989.
- Jennings, Kate F. Remington and Russell and the Art of the American West. New York: Smithmark, 1993.
- McCracken, Harold. The Charles M. Russell Book. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & CO., 1957.
- Paladin, Vivian A. Charles M. Russell: The Mackay Collection: An Illustrated Catalog. Helena: Montana Historical Society, 1979.
- Renner, Frederick. G. Charles M. Russell: Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture in the Amon G. Carter Collection. Austin: University of Texas Press, with the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, 1966. Subsequent editions published by Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1966.
- Renner, Ginger. Charles M. Russell: The Frederick G. Renner Collection. Phoenix: Phoenix Art Museum, 1981.
- Renner, Ginger. A Limitless Sky: The Work of Charles M. Russell in the Collection of the Rockwell Museum. Corning, New York. Flagstaff, Arizona: Northland Press, 1986.
- Stewart, Rick. Charles M. Russell, Sculptor. Fort Worth: Amon Carter Museum; New York: Distributed by H. N. Abrams, 1993.
- Yost, Karl & Frederick G. Renner. A Bibliography of the Published Works of Charles M. Russell. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 1971.
- I have a Russell painting from your museum. What is it worth?
In the past the museum sold reproductions on canvas of several popular paintings. These include two of Russell's works (In Without Knocking and Smoke of a .45). They were printed by Aaron Ashley in New York in two sizes. The reproductions were made on canvas and appeared to be original paintings. "Amon Carter Museum" was stamped on the back of each one. These reproductions are no longer for sale through the Museum Store, but many are still extant. Further, they have not appreciated in value from their original selling price.
- I have a Russell painting that I cannot find reproduced anywhere. How do I find more information on this work?
In partnership with the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana, the Russell Center at the University of Oklahoma is compiling a catalogue raisonnÃ© on Charles M. Russell. This ongoing project includes information on all of the artist's known oil and watercolor paintings, illustrated letters, pen and ink drawings, and original models.
- I have a Russell bronze. How can I tell if it's an original?
There are very few original Russell bronzes on the market. When available, they are usually sold by major galleries or auction houses. Russell authentication and valuations are done by some western art galleries. The museum receives many calls on reproductions of Russell bronzes. A popular one is a bronze figure of a mountain man on a horse fending off a mountain lion. This, we believe, is not Russell's work but that of another artist from the 1930s or 1940s. In addition, Russell's signature and buffalo skull mark do not necessarily signify authenticity.
- What foundry cast the Russell bronzes?
Roman Bronze Works, New York (see Museum Archives for information on the Roman Bronze Works Archives at the Amon Carter Museum); California Art Bronze Foundry, Los Angeles; Benjamin Zoppo Foundry, New York; Nelli Art Bronze Works, Los Angeles.
- Where do you find the foundry mark on the bronze?
Cast into the base, usually on the vertical edge at the back.
- Did Russell set his bronzes on a marble base?
No. However, reproductions are often sold on marble bases.
- I have a piece of pottery with a Russell picture and signature on it. Is it authentic?
There are only two known examples of Russell's painting on pottery (see Renner, Frederick. G. Charles M. Russell: Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture in the Amon G. Carter Collection. Austin: University of Texas Press, with the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, 1966. (In subsequent editions published by Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1966, see p. 104.) Many of his most popular paintings and drawings have been reproduced on all types of media. Again, a Russell "signature" does not necessarily mean "authentic."