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tv   Life and Work of Charles Russell  CSPAN  December 22, 2016 10:30pm-10:46pm EST

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>> it has about 230 in our÷ú collections. and it's also one of the better collections. it was in many ways montana's patron. )9buáu)j in 1864. )9buáu)j in as long as you can remember, he always wanted to come west. sozv when he's his parents said okay. you can go to montana. their assumption was that he &háhp &hc% what you can imagine it was a rough life and the amenities he was use to so he would quickly ñas use to so he would quickly that actually never happened. he came when he was 16 and he spent the rest of his life here. he had very specific notions about what the realç montana w like and who the real montanians were, and those included cowboys, of course, he was a÷ú cowboy a little bit later in his career. made in america, he considered him the first and the onlyzv re
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american. . he was not -- he didu! not care for farm ÷úes. >> from sunshine. one that iç considered to be a artistic masterpiece he wasko working on a -- in central montana. it happened to be one of the worst winners we've ever had. the weather was zvhorrible. the snow was deep. the temperatures were freezing. the testament has been up to 60%.ç and it was not limited to montana but spread across the northern planes.
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basically for thezv cattle industry one of the owners of theç ranch ruled and said how d are things, yo u know. and to the sat down to writeç letter and picked up a piece of cardboard and this smallç sket here. >> well, i don't need to write a letter. it says everything i need to say. it's obviouslyzv starting and i the background are hungry wolves waiting to come in for the kill at any moment. he did÷ú send a letter to the owners here to shed it with the friends that were immediately kind a smallmy city like that a it was covered in the local newspaper. then within a few months it had been distributed nationally as
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well as a graphic symbol÷ú of t devastation that was brought by that art winner. ]5jjáey he wasn't particularly a good cowboy. however, he did direct while he was a night wrangler, which meant that he walks while other cowboys slept at night. but even from the first time he came to montana, what he really got to do was draw and paint anç model and so a lot of this stick to cowboy life, of course. i mean, lots of open ranger ÷úr, the cattle industry. he actually ended more indian subjects than he did any other single topic. he, you ÷úknow, believed in the supremacy of life becoming of -- so he did a lot of native american subjects, hunting,p wa fair. he also -- he was never interested in -- if you will, he
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was very muchç captivated by indian women, women tanning hides or cookingç or just in reclining inside, that sort of thing. he found -- they didn'tç have that domestic life. he expressed an opinion in his paintings. sometimes if you're not real familiar with his look, it might be çsubtle. a good example is looking at the indians that lost it in the state capitol. you would think with a title like that andç in a state capil and in the house of representatives the focus would be listen clark. if you look at the painting,q% it's not. he's focused on the indians. it's a gra mattic beautiful painting, but it's also a statement on his part saying, because we'reç the first peopl they're the ones who are here first. we like to think that lewis and clark discovered the indians. really, it's the other way d8
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around. indians were here first and they discoffer d discovered lewisç and clark. it's special for a couple of reasons, one of which was actually grichbzv and locked in one day and said here is a painting it should have. it's a÷ú painting of clark slav york. he was also a very important member of the expeditionz %ighl regarded for his contributions to the core of discovery. this painting actually shows an incident that occurredç what i now north dakota, the indianas, they had never seen a black person before many of the people didn't believe thatym his skin s actually black. what they're trying to do is rub the black pain off of their skin or what they assumed was black
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paint.zv to see if it would rub off. some people who aren't familiar with the story, think it's sort of threatening and it wasn't. they were justym curious. and kau boys and wild life. but he also waszv extremely interested lewis and clark story. and he read the journals and another publications that were availablesto him. whom he married in 1896. charlie rose,ç a great story teller. he was a great friend to all his natural businesswoman and she is sort of soared with the business aspects of his÷ú career, much i the way that he did in the artistic zvaspects.
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and it's very much a statement about russell,nb believing in t spr supremacy and his opinion made it worse. itç depicts a massive buffalo across the missouri river at daybreak. they're down river from theym tn of fort benten. he was careful to include the actual geography. he rearranged it a little d8bit. but the montana club which was a prestigious gentleman's club, some of the members were a little reluctant. a friendç of rustle who was an author and indian rights activist had the idea and he encouraged his fellow club members toç go for the commissn and some of the normal skeptical and one of the board members who had quite a bit of authority and power said --ç he said i just
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don't think i can live in the sort of room that has the usual painting÷ú and they can stay upn the standing still. had a horrible time trying to ip r(t&háhp &hc% but any way, he spent almost a year working on the painting. it was one that he seemed to have a really hard time with, butu! after a year he brought t painting back on the train. they voted÷ú on it. and it's in the reading room there for many years and then÷ún 1977 purchased it from the montana club. it's been in our collection ever since. the reason it's so important, two÷ú reasons is one in his personality. he was just a greatnb guy also
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because heym lived with the the cowboy and he lived the life he tells it like it is.u! and people even though he wasç accurate. really and truly what he captured was /f"át loss time and place, the way people wished that life was ir mean, a lot if they don't detectç how hard it was how hard it was to work hing. he had been six for severalym
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months. he didn't really trust doctors. he knew he was having problems and he put it off for a long, long time and he diedd8 in octor of 1926. . lasting importance to the peoplú of montana would be statute, which was placed in statutory hall of the nation's capitol on washington, d.c.v: but i think the fact that unanimously montana said yes, charlie rustle is the one we want toç represent us there an he's still there and the only artist in the collection are in statutory hall and i think that says quite a bit thatç they ple on russell and his art work and the fact that they still appreciate it, the fact that his painting still÷ú speaks to us.
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♪ko ♪ >> next on çcspan 3, american continues with history with more programs on arts and american history. coming up artist÷ú depictions o george washington and city's tour looks at the life and work of georgia ymo'keefe. . then a look at world war iiç aircraft and president wood row wilson and later a tour of the ellis island immigration museum and the history of african-ameïm in congress. american

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