Here’s a 14×17 original oil painting on board by famous Texas listed artist: Fred Darge circa 1950 titled: Friendly Encounter. Dark rich colors near the Big Bend National Park: somewhere near the Mexican border.
Biography from the Archives of askART
The following is from David Darge:
Friedrich Ernst Darge
Born: March 1, 1900, Rendsburg, Germany
Died: April 10, 1978, Dallas, Texas
Entered the U.S.; Jan. 14 1923 at Port Arthur, Texas. By 1924 he was in Chicago painting under the W.P.A. Artists policy and attending the Art Institute of Chicago from where he graduated. While in Chicago he painted and made model sailboats, an interest he acquired in the German Merchant Marine at the age of 16. He also married, became a father, and managed a painting trip throughout Minnesota and the Dakota’s with his wife and son.
By July of 1933, he had separated from his wife and son in Chicago and had settled in San Antonio, Texas as a starving artist. In September 1935 he moved to Dallas where he finished his paintings during the winter months and spent the summers painting on the ranches in West Texas and New Mexico.
He entered the Army on Nov. 11, 1942, served in the south Pacific and was honorably discharged on March 22, 1944. He went to work in the defense industry for North American Aviation as a technical illustrator until the end of the war.
Back in Dallas, Fred bought a WWII ambulance and converted it to an artist’s studio-van and spent the years from 1946 to 1978 traveling and painting throughout Texas and New Mexico, returning to Dallas to finish his paintings, carve, build and sail his model boats. His later years were spent at his
studio adjacent to the Dallas Art Association where he also acted as
His paintings have been exhibited in Chicago, New York, Miami, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Austin, Taos, and Sante Fe.