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Charles M. Russell, Word Painter: Letters 1887-1926

Russell, Charles M. (Brian W. Dippiee, editor)

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ISBN 10: 0810937646 / ISBN 13: 9780810937642
Published by Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.: Amon Carter Museum, 1993
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Giant, square, 11 1/2 x 11 1/2" 435 pp rust cloth hardbound--disappointingly, the front panel of the book is faintly discolored overall, but this is invisible under the fine, french-fold dust jacket. This is the most comprehensive collection of Russell's correspondence ever assembled. A gorgeous, seldom found, very expensively produced book. Bookseller Inventory # WRG 072

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Title: Charles M. Russell, Word Painter: Letters ...

Publisher: Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.: Amon Carter Museum

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Charles M. Russell, Word Painter: Letters 1887-1926 is the most comprehensive collection of Russell's correspondence ever assembled. Letters to his wife Nancy, to patrons and fellow artists, and to the saloonkeepers and cowboys who remained his friends for life reveal a surprisingly modest man. Russell downplayed his own verbal skills, but his letters show that he was an artist with words as well as paint, able to evoke a bygone era or make a shrewd social observation in a few well-chosen sentences. Each letter is reproduced in facsimile, allowing readers to see, in the artist's own handwriting and with his inimitable spellings and punctuation, how Russell cleverly interwove colorful sketches and eloquent words to form a memorable whole.
In the accompanying commentary, Brian Dippie places each of Russell's letters within the broader context of the artist's life and career. Dippie identifies the recipient of each letter and the circumstances that prompted the correspondence, clarifies Russell's references to other friends and acquaintances and, where appropriate, relates events in the letter to Russell's artistic development. Photographs, including many that belonged to the Russells, further illustrate the world that the artist and his friends inhabited.

About the Author:

Brian W. Dippie is Professor of History at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. He has written several books and essays on the history and artists of the American West.

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