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THE JACK AND BONITA GRANVILLE WRATHER COLLECTION

Charles Marion Russell
WHEN GUNS WERE THE LOCKS OF THE TREASURE BOX
Estimate
150,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 300,000 USD
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47

THE JACK AND BONITA GRANVILLE WRATHER COLLECTION

Charles Marion Russell
WHEN GUNS WERE THE LOCKS OF THE TREASURE BOX
Estimate
150,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 300,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Charles Marion Russell
1864 - 1926
WHEN GUNS WERE THE LOCKS OF THE TREASURE BOX
signed C.M. Russell and inscribed with the artist's skull device and dated 1919 © (lower left) 
watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper
14 1/2 by 13 7/8 inches
(36.8 by 35.2 cm)
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This work is number CR.UNL.563 in the online catalogue raisonné of the artist's work at www.russellraisonne.com.

Provenance

Kennedy Galleries, New York
Jack and Bonita Granville Wrather, California, 1970s (acquired from the above)
By descent to the present owner

Literature

Larry Len Peterson, Charles M. Russell: Legacy, Helena, Montana, 1999, no. 6.12, p. 322, illustrated
Larry Len Peterson, Charles M. Russell: Printed Rarities from Private Collections, Missoula, Montana, 2008, p. 136, illustrated 

Catalogue Note

Russell rendered the present work as an advertisement for American Bank & Trust Co. in Great Falls, Montana. 

Beginning in the late 1910s, Charles Marion Russell started to incorporate brighter, vibrant pigments into his paintings. His subtle change in palette showcased the influence of his contemporary Maxfield Parrish, a noted colorist who Russell had called “the greatest artist in the world” (as quoted in Rocky Mountain News, November 27, 1921, n.p.).  By 1919, Russell clearly understood the reality of the impending demise of the Great American West, though never sought inspiration elsewhere. "He's so individual," wrote one critic in 1919, "that modern movements in the art world, eddying around him, never touch the big simplicity of his nature" (as quoted in P. Hassrick, "Charles Russell, Painter," Charles M. Russell: A Catalogue Raisonné, Norman, Oklahoma, 2007, p. 109).

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