By Joan Stauffer
C. M. Russell’s “best booster and pardner”
After Nancy Cooper married Charlie Russell in 1895, she helped flip a journeyman cowboy and ranch hand who sketched and sculpted in his spare time right into a full-time artist who offered and exhibited all around the globe. In Behind each guy: the tale of Nancy Cooper Russell, Joan Stauffer deals the 1st biography of the individual whom Charles Russell referred to as “the top booster and pardner a guy ever had.” Stauffer’s portrait, evoked within the voice of its topic and in keeping with a decade of study, bargains readers either an entire existence tale of Nancy Russell and artistic perception into her innovations and feelings.
Stauffer unearths that Nancy and Charles’s union created a realistic synergy. consistently an suggest for her husband, a steward of his paintings, and a liaison to his admirers and critics, Nancy’s maximum contribution could have been the muse she supplied Charles. “I performed my top paintings for her,” the cowboy artist as soon as remarked.
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