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VERSO
Exhibition label, Amon Carter Museum

Approach of the White Men is recorded in the C. M. Russell Catalogue Raisonné as reference number CR.ACM.2.

Discussing this painting, Frederic Renner wrote, “There was little hostility toward the first white men who reached the Indian country and almost without exception, the early explorers were welcomed, given food and shelter, provided with guides, and assisted in many other ways. Much the same situation prevailed with the early traders who brought an astonishing variety of hardware and drygoods that the Indians were glad to have for their furs. Russell was aware of these relationships and the feeling he has captured ... is of the Indians’ curiosity, rather than alarm, at the first sight of white men.”

Jennifer Bottomly-O’looney and Kirby Lambert wrote, “The first non-Indians who journeyed into the region were explorers and trappers, who, like Native Americans, were central figures in Charlie’s western imaginings. Although these rugged individualists did affect the economy of the region and add a colorful chapter to its history, they came in relatively small numbers. It was the rush of gold seekers in the early 1860s that more dramatically and more permanently altered the face of Montana.”

PROVENANCE
H.G. Wellman, Cleveland, OH
Amon Carter Museum, Ft. Worth, TX
[The Coeur d’Alene Art Auction 1997, Lot 301]
Private Collection, MN 1997

EXHIBITED
How the West Was Made, Fact & Fiction in the Works of Remington and Russell, Amon Carter Museum, Ft. Worth, TX, 1994

LITERATURE
Frederic G. Renner, Charles M. Russell: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture in the Amon Carter Museum (New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1974), p 122, illustrated halftone

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