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    Fred Darge (American, 1900-1978)
    The Pack Train
    Oil on canvas board
    20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 61.0 cm)
    Signed lower right: F.Darge
    Titled on the reverse: The Pack Train

    EXHIBITED:
    Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas, "21st Annual Exhibition of Dallas Painting and Sculpture," April 30-May 28, 1950.

    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 because of the deepening Great Depression. Displaced and out of work, Darge moved to San Antonio to be nearer to West Texas. He had toured West Texas in 1929, and was determined to further explore the area and its artistic possibilities. In 1935, Darge moved to Dallas. He 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*: There appears to be an approx. 2 inch surface scratch beneath far left rider in distance; under UV exam, there appears to be several spots of inpainting along and near the above mentioned scratch and extending to the far right pack horse as well as a few dots in center rider and horse.
    Framed Dimensions 31.25 X 27.25 Inches
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    May, 2019
    18th Saturday
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