The Scottsdale’s Museum of the West announced the opening of the exhibition Charles M. Russell: The Women in His Life and Art, a significant traveling exhibition that examines the artist’s life and work through the context of the women featured in his artworks and those who encouraged his creativity and helped shape his career. The exhibits included 60 works in oil, watercolor, pen and ink and bronze that span Russell’s career from 1890 to 1926, as well as several additional works by notable artists. Artwork co-curated by Joan Carpenter Troccoli, Curator Emeritus at the Denver Art Museum, and Emily Crawford Wilson, Curator of the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana. In addition to highlighting the many ways in which Russell included women in his artwork, the exhibition underscores the critical role that women – such as his wife Nancy Russell and close friend Josephine Trigg – played in shaping the renowned artist’s work, as well as his cultural impact on popular perceptions of the American West.
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