The Ambush (The Road Agents) by Charles M. Russell

Name: The Ambush (The Road Agents) | Artist: Charles M. Russell Media: Oil on canvas | Year(s): 1896
Charles M. Russell | The Ambush (The Road Agents) | 1896 | Oil on canvas | 26 1/4 inches x 35 inches

About the Work

Russell was fascinated with a gang of Black Hills hold-up men, active in the late 1870's, 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 comic than threatening. Realism simply lost out to his conviction that everything was better in the old days.