The Resource Charles M. Russell : photographing the legend : a biography in words and pictures, by Larry Len Peterson

Charles M. Russell : photographing the legend : a biography in words and pictures, by Larry Len Peterson

Label
Charles M. Russell : photographing the legend : a biography in words and pictures
Title
Charles M. Russell
Title remainder
photographing the legend : a biography in words and pictures
Statement of responsibility
by Larry Len Peterson
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Almost as familiar as the images of the American West he painted and sculpted is the figure of Charles M. Russell himself. Standing or mounted, in boots and wide-brimmed hat, sash knotted at his waist, gaze steady under a hank of unruly hair: he is the one and only "Cowboy Artist." What is not so well known is the story that unfolds in the myriad photographs of Russell, pictures that document a remarkable life while also reflecting the evolution of photography and the depiction of the American West at the turn of the twentieth century. This biography makes use of hundreds of images of Russell, many never before published, to explore the role of photography in shaping the artist's public image and the making and selling of his art. More than that, the books shows how the Cowboy Artist personified what he portrayed. Born in 1864 to a well-to-do family in St. Louis, Russell was smitten early on by the burgeoning art of photography and the images of the West that were proliferating as rapidly as the frontier was disappearing. When he moved to Helena at sixteen, his passions came together, as professional and amateur photographers made their way to the Montana Territory to document the cowboy life that Charlie was embracing and beginning to paint. Larry Len Peterson traces Russell's image and his career from these first adventures to his apotheosis as an artist, and then to his California period and his final days as the grand statesman of the American West. Along the way we meet some of the most interesting photographers of the era, as Russell posed for Edward S. Curtis, Roland Reed, Clarence S. Bull, Hildore C. Eklund, and Dorothea Lange, among others. Because Nancy Russell used photographs to promote her artist husband's career and artistic identity, we also see the medium's early application as a marketing tool in the hands of a savvy businesswoman. Alongside Peterson's engrossing tale of the life of this American icon, the hundreds of photographs of Russell, his friends, family members, business associates, colleagues, and celebrities of his time offer a unique view of the artist's historic and cultural milieu - a view at once panoramic and intimate. -- from dust jacket
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Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Peterson, Larry Len
Dewey number
  • 709.2
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
N6537.R88
LC item number
P476 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The Charles M. Russell Center series on art and photography of the American West
Series volume
Volume 15
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Russell, Charles M.
  • Russell, Charles M.
  • Artists
  • West (U.S.)
  • Russell, Charles M.
  • Artists
  • United States
  • United States, West
Label
Charles M. Russell : photographing the legend : a biography in words and pictures, by Larry Len Peterson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-277) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Capture the West Man with an Eastman, 1864-1902 -- Snap the Empire Builders, 1903-1910 -- Expose the Genius, 1911-1915 -- Focus on the Family, 1916-1919 -- Lights, Camera, Action, 1920-1924 -- Print the Legend, 1925-1941
Dimensions
32 cm.
Extent
xvii, 294 pages
Isbn
9780806144733
Lccn
2013042687
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)861209609
  • (OCoLC)ocn861209609
Label
Charles M. Russell : photographing the legend : a biography in words and pictures, by Larry Len Peterson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-277) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Capture the West Man with an Eastman, 1864-1902 -- Snap the Empire Builders, 1903-1910 -- Expose the Genius, 1911-1915 -- Focus on the Family, 1916-1919 -- Lights, Camera, Action, 1920-1924 -- Print the Legend, 1925-1941
Dimensions
32 cm.
Extent
xvii, 294 pages
Isbn
9780806144733
Lccn
2013042687
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)861209609
  • (OCoLC)ocn861209609

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