Art: Old Montana Master

In Montana in the 1880s, Charles Marion Russell was just "a kid who drew things" when he was not working as a cowboy. He drew handsome, storytelling pictures of the Great West, full of live-looking cowboys, Indians and galloping horses. He sold them for $5, or even less, until he learned that some people would pay a lot more. He found this out when a man from Boston asked the price of two paintings. As Cowboy-Painter Russell told it later: "He was a plumb stranger ... so I said $50. And I'm a common liar if the fellow didn't dig out...

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