When White Men Turn Red by Charles M. Russell

Name: When White Men Turn Red | Artist: Charles M. Russell Media: Oil on canvas | Year(s): 1922
Charles M. Russell | When White Men Turn Red | 1922 | Oil on canvas | 24 inches x 36 1/4 inches

About the Work

Russell's affection for the old-time Westerners left stranded by encroachment on native lands extended to non-indigenous men who were married to North American Indian women, objects of contempt by some with the passing of the frontier period when Indian-White marriages were common. When White Men Turn Red is the only example in the Sid Richardson Museum of Russell's later work in oils. Its vibrant colors are typical of his palette after 1919. Many reasons have been given for his dramatic change in colors, among them his failing health which, perhaps, gave him a sense of mortality and freedom to experiment with his color range. It may be that advancing age gave him an almost unbearable longing for the olden times which found expression in the intense colors found in the oils of his sunset years.