Charles M. Russell Collection



The C.M. Russell Museum holds hundreds of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and illustrations that Charlie Russell (1864–1926) created from childhood to the end of his life. Displayed in five galleries, the works are arranged to show how the artist evolved, as well as to celebrate the culture of the American West. Charlie’s subjects were based on Western history and his very own personal experience, reflecting themes of cowboy life, Northern Plains Indian life, and wildlife. Through his art, we learn about his life history, first as a newcomer to Montana from St. Louis working for cattle outfits and then as a professional artist who created masterpieces such as The Exalted Ruler, The Jerkline, and The Fireboat. Memorabilia from the Russell family completes this one-of-a-kind collection. Get to know Charlie Russell, beloved icon of the American West.


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