In Trouble on the Horizon, a companion piece to Plunder on the Horizon, two prospectors on a mountain slope calmly survey an American Indian village nestled in a piney valley and, badly outnumbered, decide to give the camp a wide birth. As the pack horse shows, these are pick and shovel prospectors prepared to pan for their fortunes while not neglecting such creature comforts as a good pot of coffee. The fallen tree, a device Russell often employed in his early paintings to separate the foreground from the background, here carries an added symbolic import, signifying the cultural barrier forever dividing them.
Trouble on the Horizon (Prospectors Discover an Indian Camp)
Artist: Charles M. Russell Year Completed: 1893 Medium: Oil on canvas Dimensions: 26.125 x 34 inches