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 24 by 32 inches Oil on canvas 

Fred Darge art

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    Event History :
  • 2015 November Auction (NS)
Signed l/r: F. Darge
Tackhouse offers the quiet parts of cowboying by showing a semi-covered shed, with much of the roof blown away by the scouring West Texas winds, to house all the different parts of “horse furniture” used to cowboy in the Davis Mountains. In this painting the artist employed a much heavier impasto than he typically used. Moreover, he rendered the foreground using palette knife, a technique fairly rare in Darge’s oeuvre, or dragged a fairly dry brush loaded with paint across in the foreground in the final application of paint. The cowboy in the background left appears to be the wizened type who has “made a hand” his entire life, and is repairing a thrown show on his groundtied bay horse. A California-style saddle rests in the corner left while the right is a Texas/Mexican-style saddle. Jaquimas, halters, bridles and nose bags line the walls while reatas are scattered about. This type tackroom existed or exists in ranches all across North America. 

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