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Incident near Square Butte

Artist: Charles Marion Russell (American, 1864 - 1926)

Date: 1897
Medium: oil on canvas
20 × 28 inches (50.8 × 71.1 cm)
Frame: 27 1/2 × 35 1/2 × 3 1/4 inches (69.9 × 90.2 × 8.3 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Signed: C M Russell 1897 [skull] (lower left)
Credit Line: Purchase of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, 1991
Object number: 31.11.9
Accession Number: 1991.6.1
Label Text:Russell’s work as a cowboy provided him with experiences and observations he could use for his paintings. When Russell exhibited this painting at a saloon in Great Falls, Montana, the local newspaper reported, “It represents a cowboy, who has been thrown and is being dragged by his horse, his foot being caught in the stirrup. His horse is running wildly but not far off is another cowboy, mounted, who is firing at the runaway. It is a strong work and one of Russell’s best.”

Provenance: Sold to local cattleman in Shelby, Montana, 1898; purchased 1951 by Fred Renner from original owner's family; purchased 1958 by (Kennedy Galleries, New York, New York); purchased 1959 by John Davidson, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; purchased by 1969 Joseph O'Connor, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; purchased 1979 through (Fred Rosenstock) by Robert Shelton, Austin, Texas; purchased 1991 by (Joe Berlin, Berlin Fine Arts, Polson, Montana); purchased 1991 by (Joseph S. Caldwell III, The Caldwell Gallery, Manlius, New York); purchased October 1991 by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art
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