Russell painted some pretty snaky broncs over the years. The one in this watercolor, despite its title, would appear to be an honest bucker which gave the buster a jolting ride without resorting to tricks. This painting is a model of simplicity and timelessness, with the plain sky and unfenced prairie setting off the solitary competition between horse and rider.
A Bad One
Artist: Charles M. Russell Year Completed: 1912 Medium: Pencil, watercolor and gouache on paper Dimensions: 19.75 x 28.625 inches