The Buffalo Hunt [No. 39]
Oil on canvas
30 1/8 x 48 1/8 in.
signed l.l.: C M Russell [skull] \ ©
dated l.c.: 1919
Amon G. Carter Collection
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Amon G. Carter Collection
In the fall and spring of 1908 and 1909, Russell participated in a rare event: a roundup of several hundred bison on the Flathead Indian Reservation in northern Montana. A local rancher had sold the herd—one of the last remaining in the United States—to the Canadian government, a sale tied to federal efforts to break up the reservation through land allotments.
Russell was too young to have seen the vast herds that had once roamed the Great Plains, and he considered the roundup his last chance to see something that resembled the historic bison hunts of the early 19th century. He spent several weeks at the Flathead reservation, observing efforts to corral the animals and occasionally joining in on the action himself. His wife, Nancy, later credited the Flathead bison herd with inspiring many of Russell’s nostalgic reimaginings of Native American hunts, including this painting.
—Text taken from the Carter Handbook (2023)
Remington and RussellFebruary 25–May 24, 2015
This exhibition of paintings and sculptures selected from the Carter’s extensive collection offers visitors an opportunity to gain insight into the works of Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, two of the greatest practitioners of the art of the American West.
Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American ArtOctober 7, 2017–January 7, 2018
Wild Spaces, Open Seasons brings together iconic works that explore outdoor subjects from the early 19th century to World War II, exploring American artists’ fascination with depicting a communion with nature that was receding in the face of industrialization.