This museum offers visitors an opportunity to view the personal collection and learn more about the life of Charles Marion Russell, artist of the Old American West. Russell completed more than 3,000 paintings that seek to capture the essence of the American West. Russell was born on March 19th, 1864 in St. Louis Missouri and died in Great Falls, Montana at the age of 62 on October 24th, 1926.
Charles Marion Russel was born in St. Louis in 1864 and was raised
in Oak Hill, Missouri, where his family’s estate is located in present day
Tower Grove Park. At the young age of 15, Russell moved to Montana to start his
life as a cowboy. By 1893, Russell was already a well-known artist, revered for
his accurate paintings as well as his storytelling. World famous American Humorist Will Rogers stated
that Russell was the best storyteller he had ever heard.
May 19th, 1991
Charles Marion Russell was inducted to the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Russell was
recognized for preserving the frontier in his paintings with a great deal of
accuracy. Because Russell was born in St. Louis, Missouri where he lived with
his family until he was 15 it is only right that he is honored for his
contribution to the art world in the state in which he was born and raised.