Bronc to Breakfast
Original: 1908, Watercolor
Russell left no written record documenting the inspiration for this painting. While it is certainly possible that it replicates an actual event that Russell witnessed, it is also possible that the scene is apocryphal.
Here Charlie depicts himself seated on the right with a plate of food, watching the twisting bronc kick the morning coffee, bacon-filled frying pan, and Dutch oven biscuits into the fire. The angry cook, who wears an apron made from an empty sack of “Pillsbury’s Best” flour, brandishes a knife. Finding humor in such events is a hallmark of many of Russell’s works. However, he never wished to see anyone harmed.
Source: Montana Historical Society
Material: Printed on paper