In this early, vertical composition Russell depicts a group of warriors descending a steep mountain trail en route to enemy country. Although their intended destination is not clear, the subjects navigate the precarious terrain as they cautiously trace a path over the loose gravel. Garbed in a mix of Anglo and traditional Native American clothing, armed with rifles and riding scrub ponies, they are the very sort Russell would have encountered in Montana in the 1880s.
There May Be Danger Ahead (Hunting Party on Mountain Trail)
Artist: Charles M. Russell Year Completed: 1893 Medium: Oil on canvas Dimensions: 36.25 x 22 inches