‘Romance Maker’ exhibition now on display at Amon Carter Museum


Jessica Johnson
Contributing Writer

“Romance Maker: The Watercolors of Charles M. Russell” will be on display at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art from now until Sunday, May 13.  Originally from St. Louis,  Charles Russell began painting his surroundings while working as a cattle hand in Montana.  His work became known internationally by the time of his death in 1926.  This special exhibition is the largest collection of Russell’s works ever compiled; it features over one hundred of his famous watercolors. These depict brilliant, touching images of the Old West and life on the frontier.  The museum will host several events in conjunction with the exhibition, including:


– “Charlie Goes to Hollywood: Making Myth on the Celluloid Trail.”  Dr. Rick Stewart, former director and curator of Western Paintings and Sculpture at the Amon Carter, will give a lecture on the influence of Russell’s artwork on film and pop culture in the 1920s.  Dr. Stewart will also hold a book-signing for his work, “Romance Maker: The Watercolors of Charles M. Russell.”  Thursday, Feb. 23, 6 – 7 p.m.  Reservations are required.

– “Wild West Double Feature.”  Film screenings on “Rango” (2011) and “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” (1966) will be held on Saturday, March 24.  “Rango” will play from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” will play from 1 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.  Refreshments will be provided.  Reservations are required.


Look forward to the coming exhibition, “Sargent’s Youthful Genius: Paintings from the Clark,” which will be on display at the Amon Carter from March 11 – June 17.  The special exhibition will showcase four paintings by John Singer Sargent, a renowned American portrait artist.

The Amon Carter American Museum of Art was founded by Amon G. Carter in 1961.  His intention in founding the museum was to provide access to fine American art for the underprivileged, so that all could grow to love and appreciate the finer things in life.  The museum now houses over 250,000 pieces, and also contains a 50,000 volume research library on American art.  The museum and library are located at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth.  Admission and parking are free.


Hours are as follows:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Stop by Amon Carter and see Russell’s vivid, stirring depictions of frontier life.


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