This triangular composition, Russell’s favorite, in the early morning burst of energy, are what give this painting its get up and go. At the discovery of the much-despised wolf, the chase is on. As deftly as he paints the twist in the wrist of the Houlihan throw, he poses the question: did the loop take hold or did the rider to the right get his chance at the five dollars hide. The rider on the left is in the middle of his own personal rodeo, so it is unlikely that he comes into play. It’s evident that his horse wants nothing to do with this sport.
8.5 x 13.5 inches