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Thursday, July 28th 2005

12:51 PM

"The West Is Dead"

"The West Is Dead"
Charles Russell forgot to mention before he died,... the art world and the supposed MFA experts represent mostly lies and believe it or not, they are mostly  floppy wrists thieves.
You say,...."Hey ... Back off!"   I vanrijngo says,.. Screw you!
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C. M. Russell's Photograph 7 x 9"  Original, Signed and Dated (1924) on the back of the photo. 

I'm just telling this story as Russell himself would have told it if he had any idea how the MFA experts from his own foundation would be handling his works of art and refusing to except a lot of his earlier works of art which was produced by himself.  He would say himself,.... What a bunch of phony MFA's.
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Chief Black Eagle, Charles Marion Russell, along with their common wife.

The works by Russell that the Russell museum would rather not acknowledge!


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Gray Metal---

The experts give no number of how many were done of this particular "old Man Indian" medallion, only signature and date.  My bronze medallion below says it is 18/35 on its edge and has Russell's earlier signature.  Can you believe that a copyist made himself 35 of these bronze castings to actually reduce its value as being the only one?  Well, I believe it was produced by Russell himself, for the reasons stated below the picture of the real bronze.  Also it has the right signature for the time period it would have been in use, before he changed it in 1898 to what you see on the one above, when his new managing wife Nancy made him lose some of his old ways and abandon most his old cowboy drinking buddies.  Myself, I'd say, that is when he made some of his more inspirational art.  The ones after "98" were just reconstructions of his first actual paintings, while most earlier ones are not being excepted by Russell experts as his own works of art, and from his hand. 

It totally blows me away how art experts have change the whole ideas of making art around.  Russell was well known to make paintings in bar rooms to trade for drinks for his buddies, and even while out on the range while tending cattle, mostly to bring back to town to trade.  When he didn't have a brush to work with, he would chew the end of a wooden match sticks, so to act like a brush to add the paint from his paint box to his mediums.

Writings below was taken from a CMR book.

Russell also looked with some seriousness toward having the little wax and
clay figures that he made reproduced for sale. One small medallion ( and
probably two) was sent to the Roman Bronze Works in New York City to be
cast. One of these, "Old-Man Indian" (4 3/4" x 4") is signed and dated on
the back: "C.M. Russell 1898". Britzman gives the date as 1896 and lists a
second one. Presumably these were made in 1898 and were Russell's first
bronze castings.
  This writing above is from :The Charles M. Russell Book by Harold
McCracken. pg186-187 . 

 My question is;... Why would he have had them use grey metal, if this one above was considered to be his first bronze casting?  I have never seen that ugly lined framing around any of his other bronze bases like in the gray metal one.

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As most of you should be able to see with your own eyes, this Indian medallion I have would more than likely have been the "96" one as Britzman had discussed while he gives the date as 1896-8.  You can see how the end of his nose has been shined and worn down a little caused by being carried in the back pockets of wrangler or levy genes.   In stating these facts, one small medallion ( and probably two) was sent to the Roman Bronze Works in New York City to be cast. One of these, "Old-Man Indian" (4 3/4" x 4") is signed and dated on the back: "C.M. Russell 1898", he sounds as if he talking about the second one actually being the first, only 1896 would have been his first bronze casting. Presumably his ninety six signature just as you see it, while also looking at the 1898 signature on the one shown above it from a Russell book, mine would be the first medallion leaving theirs the second one.
To get right down to it, the fact is these first bronzes being made by Russell, was not to be sold at all for a profit.   These bronzes were made by Charlie to give away or at his cost only to his best friends.  The first bronze was produced in the amount of 35 and the second series I do not know because the experts failed to mention what the # was on the one in their possession.  My "Old Man Indian" medallion is not marked from the foundry which produced it for Russell, but marked it 18/35 and like I said, without their own foundry mark.  I wonder why?  Do you suppose it was due to the popularity of Indians at that particular time and refused to put their own mark on them?
Besides being a great work of art by Russell, these medallions were to be attached to the saddle straps of Russell's friends saddles, to be out in the open to let all of the Indian tribes know that who ever displayed this medallion was a friend of their besides being a good friend of Charlie Russell.  These were like passes through all of the Indian territories lowering their chances greatly of losing their scalps.  If these were made to hang from nails they would not have these particular slots on the top of the medallions.  Now just tell me where possibly you have heard that from before,.... and I'd kiss your ass, if you have ever heard something like this from the MFA experts of the Russell museum.  Do you suppose the one in the book might possibly be the copy, since they didn't give a #/oo of how many were produced?  Maybe Russell only had one friend to give it to who wanted to venture into Indian territories.
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This small 10 X 12" oil on canvas, was as far as I am concerned, painted around 1885-1887.  It is a picture of Chief Black Eagle riding into Jake Hoover's and Russell campsite for the first time.  You notice he had left his wife hanging back incase he ran into trouble while his own rifle was at ready incase he happens to need it. 
Believe it or not, this above is Charlie's hidden signature in the orange area above signed with his enitails, CMR, with his early signature of Indian beaded Moccasins in the right hand corner.  I know some of you and all of the blind MFA experts will not see this.  Below is what they like to see and look at,.... outrageous copies of masterful works of art. What a piece of shit,... the copying MFA artist might as well af taken a fucking snapshot of human actors!
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Copy of a Russell Painting by MFA Paxton, I might add, in another art collection.
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Another beautiful watercolor from my collection.  This is one of the mountain streams that helped keep this favorite haunt of Russell's filled.  You might also notice the rocks have the same folage & DNA clinging to their outer shells.  What the hell!... Is that a portrait of a head of a horse with a skull of a dead buffalo in its eye area?
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Here below is what the blind MFA experts have to say about this landscape painting by Russell.
Russell never tired of the veiw from the summer home he called "Bull Head Lodge" in Glacier National Park, and this veiw of Lake McDonald appears in the backgrounds of a number of his paintings.  As Russell was not a lanscape artist, this is one the exceedingly rare examples of his work without a cowboy, an Indian, a horse, or some form of wild life.
Well,... I'll have to beg their pardon on this stupid ass statement made by some blind so-called MFA expert of Russell's works of art.  I'll start with what actually can be seen with the naked eye.  In the water more to the right in the lakes shore, you can see the white circles in the water to where in your own mind you can see where a fish just might have jump up out of the lake.  Now I would say that was a form of wild life, wouldn't you agree.  In the gold highlights of the trees accross the lake you can imagine in your own mind a cowpoke and his horse taking a siesta. There are many more of these kind of trates of Russell in the follage and rocks of the shore line, but I won't get into them all.  I will though bring up the shadows and follage on one of the rock to see if anyone of you might possibly see the little bear cub he painted into this exceedingly rare example.
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Just possibly a bear cub in the shadow of a mossy rock?
I'd say this is young Charlie Russell sitting on a fence, most likely when he was a goat herder.  Ha ha,.... just kidding!
Russell's, and Indian son of Black Eagle's and wife, all the while resembling Charlie tremendously.
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The boys who were outside the tee-pee with their father Black Eagle.
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S. T. , and you can see where it was re-designed and stich in a curve.
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This saddle has its brand of ST on its back and I believe it was Russells first saddle which stayed with him throughout his years after his first job working for the ST ranch somewhere in Montana.  I will not get into where and how I became its owner and who its previous owners happened to be.
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Reverse picture of saddle.  This saddle has the most spir tracks than any I'd have ever seen on other old west saddles.  The spir tracks are right there on the saddle which is in every picture Russell did of a cowboy with a red bandanna being emptyed and ejected from his saddle for all the known reasons which is in the paintings.
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Black Eagle and his boys, while Russell is busy in the Tee-Pee most likely taken a nap as an expert would say, with his blood brothers wife.  This painting's tee-pee flap is a second piece of canvas and able to be lifted up to see the goings on inside. It said in one book that Nancy his wife heard about this painting and tried her damndest to have it destroyed.
Now,.. back to some more of  The works by Russell that the Russell museum would rather not acknowledge!

This is a great item, rare and unusual. Entitled "Anticipation and Exasperation" on the nameplate, this Charles Russell image depicts a cowboy on his horse with an Indian squaw in the distance. When you insert the provided key into the slot on the front nameplate, the lithograph opens to reveal another Russell image. This image depicts the cowboy off his horse cavorting with the Indian maiden. Though Russell was known for his western oils, and this is not signed, there is documentation from Petersen Galleries in Beverly Hills attached stating that these are copies of Russell's paintings. These were sold in 1975 as a limited edition of 950, at a cost at that time of $350 each. This x-rated bit of western Americana measures 17"x24", and is in very good condition. It is a great conversation piece and would be just the perfect gift for the man who has everything.

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Oops,... how did he get away with that seen of coitus interruptus?  Isn't pictures like this concidered pornography?

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"Lock box", I guess that's how.

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Saturday, January 5th 2013 @ 1:29 AM

Posted by Robert Miller (vanrijngo):

Hey Bob,

Thanks for the post,... I'd like to see the pictures of them when you get them in, front and backs. You did say a matched set didn't you? Are they the same Old Man Indian done in bronze like the one that I have? The book where I took the gray ones picture out of said it was gray metal, or I wouldn't have mentioned it,.. you know how book picture are. I still have yet to see a raised border edge around any of his bases of his bronzes on his other ones, like he is framing them. That is the reason I believe it just might be another artist, copied knock off. You sound to me to be pretty knowledgeable of Charlie Russell, one most respected cowboy artist of the old west. I would like very much to be able to communicate back and forth with you my friend.

Kindest regards
Bob----vanrijngo :)
Thursday, September 1st 2005 @ 11:58 AM

Posted by Bob Engebretson:

Howdy, just bought (haven't seen 'em yet) a matched set of bronzes 4.5" high of a male Indian...just the head..with a hole at the top of each to hang on a wall. Sez they're signed by CMR, but I don't yet know if is just initials or the skull and signature etc. Anyhow, these were reportedly cast for sale by abercrombie & fitch way back when, but my source says they should have had a&f trademark on them along with CMR signature. They don't, so maybe they are a proof (or a knock-off). They have smoother features than the pictured bronze slotted Old Man Indian head for hanging on leather strap. And they don't look like the little squatty Indian sculptures he did in the same style as the Old Man Indian Head...So I might have got ripped off on this one. I'll wait 'til I actually see it...usually this auction is really reputable. Oh yeah, I think that the "gray metal" slotted Indian Head pictured above that you have been discussing might actually be one of the original clay sculptures that CMR sent to the foundry for casting. That would account for the color...unless of course you have actually seen this particular piece first-hand. I've seen photos of a couple of other of these slotted Old Man Indian heads for sale, and they have both been bronze. Also, in the painting of Black Eagle and Wife (not the Paxson fraud) I think I see a brown puppy in the grass to the viewer's right of Black Eagle's horse. Been a CMR fan since...probably age 2 in MT...Granny had 3 CMR prints framed in MT agates on her wall forever. Went to CMR studio in Great Falls at age 6. Saw a lot of his stuff in Helena too. Picked up a couple of Pen & Ink CMR prints almost 30 years ago at a garage sale. I need to dig them out and try to date them. Don't remember if they were numbered. I work with AK Natives now...They were wondering the other day how I fit in up here. I claimed CMR taught me. Learned a lot more about him from trying to research these matching bronzes..for instance I didn't
Wednesday, August 31st 2005 @ 12:35 AM

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