Amon Carter print details

The Buffalo Hunt [No. 39]

Charles M. Russell (1864-1926)

Object Details

  • Date

    1919

  • Object Type

    Paintings

  • Medium

    Oil on canvas

  • Dimensions

    48 1/8 x 30 1/8 in.

  • Inscriptions

    Recto:

    signed l.l.: C M Russell [skull] \ ©

    dated l.c.: 1919

  • Collection Name

    Amon G. Carter Collection

  • Credit Line

    Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Amon G. Carter Collection

  • Accession Number

    1961.146

  • Copyright

    Public domain

Educator Resources
  • What tools do artists use to convey a sense of movement and tension?

    What could be the impact of a portrayal of an ethnic or racial group by an artist from outside of that group?

    What elements contribute to a sensitive portrayal of a person or group of people?

    How have artists addressed the evolving role of hunting in the culture of the United States?

  • Grades 4–8

    Activity 1
    Today, books are made into movies, video games, and graphic novels. They all depict the same story, but in a different medium. Challenge students to translate this painted buffalo hunt into a new medium, a video game. Their game should include activities as characters prepare for the hunt and use the buffalo as a resource after a successful hunt. Students should consider their points system. Does it emphasize the individual or the team? Does it focus on cooperation or competition?

    Activity 2
    In this painting, Russell depicts a single moment of tension and action during a hunt. However, he implies a narrative through the details he includes. Students will extend this moment into a narrative by taking on the perspective of one character and discuss the preparations for the hunt and the activities following a successful hunt.

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