Charles M. Russell
The Women in His Life and Art
Published by: Charles M. Russell Museum
Imprint: Charles M. Russell Museum
192 Pages | 9 x 10 | 99 color and 13 b&w illus.
Lavishly illustrated with full-color illustrations, Charles M. Russell: The Women in His Life and Art presents groundbreaking essays essential to understanding the role of western women in Russell’s art. This volume is both a tribute to the women who nurtured Russell’s artistic development and a landmark in the study of the role of women in a genre all too often identified almost exclusively with a masculine world.
The catalogue essays examine the exhibition’s theme from four unique perspectives. Joan Carpenter Troccoli provides an overview of the works in the exhibition and the social, cultural, and personal values that influenced them. Emily Crawford Wilson explores Russell’s interest in the feminine ideal, tying it to wider artistic trends of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Jennifer Bottomly-O’looney describes Russell’s friendship with Ben and Lela Roberts, who introduced the artist to Nancy Cooper, the woman who would become his wife and indispensable business partner. Thomas A. Petrie employs extended excerpts from Nancy’s unpublished biographical memoir to illuminate the Russells’ marriage, a relationship sustained by affection and mutual respect, as well as shrewd creative and marketing decisions.