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    FRED DARGE (American, 1900-1978)
    The Pack Train, circa 1944
    Oil on canvas
    25 x 32 inches (63.5 x 81.3 cm)
    Signed lower right: F. Darge

    Born in Germany, Fred Darge came to America in 1924 and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. During the early 1930s, he worked as a cowhand in the Southwest. After 1945, Darge began making annual sketching trips to West Texas and New Mexico. Part of Darge's charm as an artist is his naïveté with respect to anatomy and certain details. An avid and talented woodcarver, Darge probably "posed" his carved paint horse in his studio as the "live" horse at left in The Pack Train. Moreover, the cowboy adjusts the saddle on the paint horse, but there is neither cinch nor latigo, and the saddle under the cowboy at center has no cantle. Yet, the same saddle sports "monkey-nose" tapaderos on its stirrups, a sign of status among cowboys in West Texas and New Mexico. This painting is in the original frame, hand-carved by the artist and created specifically for this painting.


    Condition Report*: Overall craquelure; with visible stretcher crease; otherwise this lot is in good condition with only normal wear commensurate with age. Framed to an overall size of 31 x 39 in.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2010
    15th Saturday
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