Posts From The Road: C. M. Russell Museum

Museum: The museum houses more than 2,000 works of artwork, many personal belongings and other artifacts. We visited the museum during travels in Montana in 2018 and found it fascinating. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Cowboy Artist: A sculpture of C. M. Russell entitled ‘Cowboy Artist’ Bob Scriver stands on the Museum grounds near the entrance. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

By GARY WARREN
Photographer
Formerly of Los Alamos

While we are all staying at home during the pandemic, the next few Post From the Road will be from previous travels during the last couple of years.

The C. M. Russell Museum is located in Great Falls, Mont. where Russell lived his adult life until his death in 1926.

The museum sits on property adjacent to his home and his log cabin studio. Russell’s wife, Nancy, sold the property to the city of Great Falls to be used to commemorate Russell’s life and artwork.

The museum features a wide array of his work including paintings, sketches, personal note cards and letters which would always have a painting or sketch on the paper, and many bronze sculptures.

Russell’s work mainly centered around daily life in the old west. He also did many illustrations for books published in his era.

Editor’s note: Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn are traveling around the country and he shares his photographs, which appear in the ‘Posts from the Road’ series published in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Log Cabin Studio: Located on the museum property is Russell’s house built in 1900 and his log cabin studio, which was constructed in 1903. Shown is the exterior of Russell’s studio. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Bronze Sculpture: In the lobby area of the museum is one of several bronze sculptures by C. M. Russell. The majority of his artworks depict life in the old west. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

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