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 bought and exhibited everywhere in the globe. In Behind each guy: the tale of Nancy Cooper Russell, Joan Stauffer deals the 1st biography of the individual whom Charles Russell known 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 a whole existence tale of Nancy Russell and artistic perception into her recommendations and feelings.

Stauffer unearths that Nancy and Charles’s union created a pragmatic synergy. consistently an suggest for her husband, a steward of his paintings, and a liaison to his admirers and critics, Nancy’s maximum contribution can have been the foundation she supplied Charles. “I performed my most sensible paintings for her,” the cowboy artist as soon as remarked.

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