First-Ever Retrospective of Charles M. Russell Concludes U.S. Tour in Houston

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HOUSTON, TX.-The Masterworks of Charles M. Russell: A Retrospective of Painting and Sculpture will travel to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in June 2010, presenting more than 60 major works in oil, bronze, and mixed media by the renowned ‘cowboy artist’ Charles M. Russell (1864-1926), as well as a selection of personal objects that portray the artist in his own words and images. Virtually self-taught, Russell began to paint early in his career as a cowboy, after he left his privileged St. Louis family at sixteen to work as a night wrangler on a ranch in the Montana Territory. Later on, his iconic images would help define the American West in the popular imagination. With first-hand knowledge of cowboys and outlaws, Native Americans, trappers and hunters, and Western wildlife and wilderness, Russell presented an unparalleled view of a bygone American culture, rich in authentic detail and infused with personal passion. By the time