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Auction Name: 2021 May 22 Texas Art Signature Auction

Lot Number: 75011

Shortcut to Lot: HA.com/8017-75011

Fred Darge (American, 1900-1978)
Two Riders
Oil on canvasboard
9 x 12 inches (22.9 x 30.5 cm)
Signed lower right: F. Darge

PROVENANCE:
Private collection, Dallas.

Fred Darge received his training at two of the most prestigious art schools in the United States: The Art Institute of Chicago and the Arts Students League in New York. His first job was as a commercial artist, but he was soon unemployed due to the deepening of the Great Depression. Displaced and out of work, Darge moved to Texas. He had toured West Texas in 1929, and was determined to further explore the area and its artistic possibilities. The artist would spend the warm months traveling in West Texas between Big Bend, El Paso, the Davis Mountains, and northward into New Mexico. The cold months would then be spent finishing the paintings he had started earlier in the year. Darge became the foremost chronicler of ranch life in Texas. After World War II, he purchased an old ambulance and converted it into a mobile studio, spending 1946 to 1978 traveling and painting throughout Texas and New Mexico.


Condition Report*: Under UV exam, there does not appear to be inpaint. Mild surface dust.
Framed Dimensions 17.5 X 20.5 Inches
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