Buffalo Hunt by Charles M. Russell

Name: Buffalo Hunt | Artist: Charles M. Russell Media: Oil on canvas | Year(s): 1901
Charles M. Russell | Buffalo Hunt | 1901 | Oil on canvas | 24 1/8 inches x 36 1/8 inches

About the Work

By 1899 Russell had developed a complete command of the portrayal of Indians hunting buffalo. No other artist could touch him when it came to conveying the wild excitement of a buffalo chase. Rather than a broadside view, here the buffalo and their pursuers run toward the viewer. Hunters often carried extra arrows and the figure on the left clutches his in his teeth. The Indian in the background sports a red headband, which not only serves as a color highlight but also represents the custom of the Assiniboines, who before the chase "tied their hair with bands on top of their heads."