Russell was fascinated with a gang of Black Hills hold-up men, active in the late 1870s, led by “Big Nose George” Parrot who was later arrested and hanged by vigilantes only a year after Russell arrived in Montana, an impressionable youth of 16. Although their activities frequently included violence and cold-blooded murder, Russell often made the bandits appear more comical than threatening. Realism simply lost out to his conviction that everything was better in the old days.
The Ambush (The Road Agents)
Artist: Charles M. Russell Year Completed: 1896 Medium: Oil on canvas Dimensions: 26.25 x 35 inches