Barrymore Laurence Scherer has a Wall Street Journal piece on the work of Charles M. Russell and the appeal of Western art:
The Denver Art Museum's current exhibition of the paintings and sculpture of Charles M. Russell (1864-1926) may just inspire a new appreciation for Western art as a whole. It certainly goes a long way to re-establish more widely the reputation of a gifted artist probably best known through prints and book illustrations. Featuring more than 60 important works, it is the first major retrospective of Russell's oeuvre, including oils, bronzes and mixed media, as well as personal objects and delightfully illustrated letters.
[Execupundit note: The spirit of Russell lives on at the Cowboy Artists of America.]