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Fred Darge (Am. 1900-1978), Self-Portrait
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Self-Portrait, oil on canvas, 36 x 30, signed lower right: F Darge. German-born artist Friedrich Ernst “Fred” Darge arrived in Port Arthur, Texas in 1923. He soon moved to Chicago where he attended the Art Institute of Chicago, got married and worked for the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP). By 1933, he was separated from his wife and family and started to travel, working his way through California, Arizona, New Mexico, arriving finally in San Antonio. During this time, he worked as a cowhand and experienced firsthand the daily life of sheep and goat herders on the ranches of Texas. His eyes were opened to the beauty of the Big Bend country, and he found his lifelong passion: to chronicle in paint the life of the ranchman before the end of that era. Late in 1935 Darge moved to Dallas, where he would winter, but during the summers he went on painting trips out West, to the Big Bend and Taos where his love for painting cowboys grew. Many times Darge knew his subjects personally and brought attention to, with forceful authenticity and detail, the daily life of the ranchman and herdsman of the West. There are very few paintings Darge executed of this size and scope that ever come up for auction. In this rare and unique Self-Portrait, Darge portrays himself stoically, in full cowhand gear, and gazes directly at the viewer with his piercing blue eyes. Earlier this year, an important exhibition of Darge’s work was mounted by the Museum of the Big Bend: Fred Darge Paints the Big Bend and Beyond, April 22-June 4, 2022. Robert E. McKee III of Saint Jo, TX curated the show and brought together over forty paintings from private and museum collections. Darge’s work is represented in following collections: Dallas Museum of Art, TX; Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, TX; Alamo Museum, San Antonio, TX; Southern Methodist University, TX; West Texas Museum at Texas Tech University, TX as well as others. Sources: Fred Darge Paints the Big Bend and Beyond by Robert E. McKee III and Bonnie M. McKee; Texas Artists and Artisans 1718-1959 by Vic Roper
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Fred Darge (Am. 1900-1978), Self-Portrait

Estimate $30,000 - $50,000
Oct 15, 2022
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Starting Price $15,000
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0176: Fred Darge (Am. 1900-1978), Self-Portrait
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Est. $30,000 - $50,000Starting Price $15,000
The 26th Annual Texas Art Auction
Oct 15, 2022 11:30 AM EDT
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Self-Portrait, oil on canvas, 36 x 30, signed lower right: F Darge. German-born artist Friedrich Ernst “Fred” Darge arrived in Port Arthur, Texas in 1923. He soon moved to Chicago where he attended the Art Institute of Chicago, got married and worked for the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP). By 1933, he was separated from his wife and family and started to travel, working his way through California, Arizona, New Mexico, arriving finally in San Antonio. During this time, he worked as a cowhand and experienced firsthand the daily life of sheep and goat herders on the ranches of Texas. His eyes were opened to the beauty of the Big Bend country, and he found his lifelong passion: to chronicle in paint the life of the ranchman before the end of that era. Late in 1935 Darge moved to Dallas, where he would winter, but during the summers he went on painting trips out West, to the Big Bend and Taos where his love for painting cowboys grew. Many times Darge knew his subjects personally and brought attention to, with forceful authenticity and detail, the daily life of the ranchman and herdsman of the West. There are very few paintings Darge executed of this size and scope that ever come up for auction. In this rare and unique Self-Portrait, Darge portrays himself stoically, in full cowhand gear, and gazes directly at the viewer with his piercing blue eyes. Earlier this year, an important exhibition of Darge’s work was mounted by the Museum of the Big Bend: Fred Darge Paints the Big Bend and Beyond, April 22-June 4, 2022. Robert E. McKee III of Saint Jo, TX curated the show and brought together over forty paintings from private and museum collections. Darge’s work is represented in following collections: Dallas Museum of Art, TX; Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, TX; Alamo Museum, San Antonio, TX; Southern Methodist University, TX; West Texas Museum at Texas Tech University, TX as well as others. Sources: Fred Darge Paints the Big Bend and Beyond by Robert E. McKee III and Bonnie M. McKee; Texas Artists and Artisans 1718-1959 by Vic Roper
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