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[photo] [Approaching Rain] (attributed)

Medium: oil on canvas (may be lined, see verso image)
Size: 14 x 24 in (36 x 61 cm)
Inscription: Unsigned.
Verso: On upper edge of canvas "F. Schafer / Approaching Rain" in ink in an unknown hand, not the artist's. White sticker with similar information on the side stretcher bar—see verso image.
Provenance: In private collection, San Francisco, by 1973. Offered via eBay by "hawkartco2", Cerritos, California, 26 October 2019.
Reproductions: Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #13 (color, 1973)
Attribution: Since the painting is unsigned, attribution is a matter of judgment. The general composition, palette, focused illumination, treatment of the stormy sky, botanically accurate trees, reduced finish as distance increases and minimally-drawn figures all are typical of Schafer's work. Compare, for example, with After a storm in the White Mountains, After the storm in the Wasatch Mountains, Utah, and Approaching Storm.
Description: A woman and a child stroll along a path between two fields toward a timber cottage that stands on the left under large broadleaf trees. A figure on horseback rides along the path in the distance. To the right of the path is a wood rail fence with a tall post that has a hat hung on the top. A dramatic gathering of clouds fills the sky from the right. (From color photographs.)
Identification: Descriptive title of unknown origin, as found in the eBay description. The eBay photograph and the Early California and Western Art Research photograph are of the same painting.
Other title(s): The approaching shower (Early California and Western Art Research slide)

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