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2015 November Auction
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Event History :
- 2015 November Auction
Signed l/r: F. Darge
Rustler was included in Darge’s one-man show at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts in 1947. It may very well be somewhat autobiographical from Darge’s days as a cowboy in West Texas. And, cattle rustling continues to this day. The “rustlers” have a hastily built fire with a running iron heating up. The rustler on the sorrel horse to the left mounts a Texas saddle, double-rigged square skirts, and he wears no leggings. The cowboy mounting the paint horse (possibly based on Darge’s hand-carved model) rides a California-style saddle with round skirts and swell forks. He also sports 1930s-style chaps and the wide heel bands on his spurs.
Commentary by Michael R. Grauer, historian of Western art and heritage Canyon, Texas.