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[photo] Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe in the Sierras

Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 22 x 42 in (61 x 107 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F Schafer S F" in the artist's block-letter hand
Verso: said to be titled
Provenance: Sold 13 December 1994 for $3,000 + 15% by Butterfield & Butterfield, San Francisco, as lot 905 in sale 6144D/D08 "American and California Paintings and Sculpture".
Reproductions: 13 December 1994 sale catalog.
Site: A view south into Emerald Bay, near the southwest corner of Lake Tahoe.
Description: The calm lake is to the left. The foreground shore is a very shallow slope cluttered with downed snags, behind which stands a grove of conifers including several standing snags. Behind the grove a dark ridge climbs steeply to the right with a lighter ridge at the right edge. Several of the conifers are tall enough to extend above the ridge and be silhouetted against the sky. Across the lake a low conifer forest stands at the edge of the water, behind which is a very gentle forested valley which leads abruptly to the base of a large snow-capped mountain range, which dominates the center of the scene. (From a monochrome photograph.)
Note: 1. The scene and the composition are very similar to those of Morning on Lake Tahoe from Tahoe City and Morning on Lake Tahoe, California [2]. 2. A painting titled "Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe" was offered as lot 146 on page 9 in the catalog of a 17 November 1885 auction in San Francisco but there is not enough information in that catalog to either include or exclude the possibility that it is the same painting.

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