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On the Warpath is recorded in the C. M. Russell Catalogue Raisonné as reference number CR.ACM.14.

Describing this painting, Frederic G. Renner wrote, “A shield on his arm and his lance at the ready, this Piegan Indian is prepared for war. The Indian’s shield was made of the tough hide from the neck of a buffalo bull. Because the hide was heated over a fire to make it still thicker and tougher, such shields would turn an arrow and sometimes even a musket ball. The symbols painted on it were added insurance against disaster.”

PROVENANCE
George W. Neidringhausm, St. Louis, MO
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX
[The Coeur d’Alene Art Auction, Coeur d’Alene, ID 1999]
Private Collection 1999

LITERATURE
“A Cowboy Who Painted the Passing West,” Sunday Magazine (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 28, 1926), p 1 as On the Warpath
Frederic G. Renner, Charles M. Russell: Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture in the Amon Carter Museum (New York, NY: Abradale Press/Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1974), p 62, illustrated

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