Object name: Waiting for a Chinook
Accession Number: 88.60
Date : ca. 1903
Gloss: Severe storms in the winter of 1886 - 1887 brought ruin to Montana's cattle industry. When owners of a herd of 5,000 cattle requested a report on their herd, cowboy Charles Russell simply drew a starving cow about to drop before ravenous wolves and titled it Waiting for a Chinook, (a warm west wind). His drawing conveyed the impending disaster more eloquently than any written report. Later he painted this larger version and added the additional title by which the work had become known, The Last of 5000.
Dimensions: H: 20.5 in, width: 29 in, Frame height: 33.5 in, Frame width: 41.5 in, frame depth: 2 in
Credit Line: Gift of Charles Ulrick and Josephine Bay Foundation, Inc.
Inscription: LLC: C M Russell(skull);LL: Waiting For A Chinook/The Last of 5000
Synopsis: Painting- Waiting for a Chinook- Russell, Charles M.- watercolor on paper- Group- Landscape- Animal- wolf- LLC: C M Russell(skull);LL: Waiting For A Chinook/The Last of 5000
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I also knew I should grab a Charlie Russell. "Waiting for a Chinook" is so familiar that it would be a shame to lose it. Yes, it comes with me.
Blizzard of 1886, only as Charlie Russell could depict.
Waiting for a Chinook, C.M. Russell. 1903