William S. Darling

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William S. Darling

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Palm Springs Desert

  • Canvas mounted to panel

  • Sight: 14” high x 18” wide

  • Frame: 19” high x 23” wide

  • Signature: Lower left

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About the work

A colorful and impressionistic oil painting by California artist William S. Darling (1882 - 1963). The scene depicted in the painting bears many similarities to the landscape in the immediate vicinity of Darling’s former home off Barona Road in Palm Springs. An arroyo at the base of foothills where Darling frequently painted is located at the end Barona Road, just a short walk from the artist’s former residence, which still stands today.     

The painting and frame are in excellent condition and extremely clean. The reverse is marked with the name of the painting’s original owner.

We are exceptionally pleased to offer this work in a handmade gold leaf frame crafted by Mayen Olson of Irvine, California.  

About the artist…

An undated newspaper clipping from our reference files announced Darling’s death and provides insightful information about the artist’s life and career. It notes his outstanding artistic ability was discovered by the movie world and Darling eventually elevated to the head of the art department at 20th Century Fox. Other sources indicate that Darling’s work as an art designer began shortly after he moved to Southern California in about 1920; he worked on 61 films between 1921 and 1954. The article goes on to say that Darling won three Oscars and was nominated for five more. It also tells how, after the start of World War II, Darling had to register as an “enemy alien,” after which he realized his original Hungarian name “Wilmas Bela Sandorhazi” was a handicap. At his wife’s request, he took her maiden name Darling, and kept the “S” for Sandhorhazi as a middle initial. 

Darling maintained homes in Palm Springs and Laguna Beach where he derived much of his subject matter, which is exemplified by our painting. He also made frequent painting forays into the Southwest in search of desert scenery and Native American subjects. He died in Laguna Beach, CA in 1963. 

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