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[photo] Autumn Evening in the White Mountains, New Hampshire [1]

Date: undated
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 22 x 14 in (56 x 36 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F. Schafer", in the artist's block-letter hand, underlined
Verso: l/c "Autumn Ev. / in the White Mts N.H". Scratched on the frame, "Painted by…", remainder covered by paper.
Provenance: Sold July 1973 by Butterfield & Butterfield, San Francisco. Sold 21 January 1981 for $1000+10% by Butterfield & Butterfield, San Francisco, as lot 175 in sale 3132A. Sold 20 October 1983 for $400+10% by Butterfield & Butterfield, San Francisco, as lot 1263 in sale 3372P. Offered 12 December 2005 (passed) by Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, as lot 171 in sale 13316, then sold 26 February 2006 for $1600+20% as lot 4081 in sale 13828, SoMa Estate Auction. Sold 18 February 2008 for $700 by Slawinski Auction Company, Scotts Valley, California, as lot 66.
Reproductions: William K. Dick photo #147 (color, 1973), Butterfield & Butterfield 21 January 1981 and 20 October 1983 sale catalogs, Bonhams & Butterfields 26 February 2006 sale catalog, Slawinski Auction Company 18 February 2008 on-line sale catalog.
Description: Luminescent clouds fill a yellow and orange sky; three eastern forest trees in autumn foliage at the edge of a forest fill the frame on the left, a still pond in the lower right reflects the orange sky, and wild flowers stand on the bank of the pond in a clearing in the left foreground. Detail decreases with distance; flowers and trees nearest the viewer are in full detail, while the background landscape of low mountains is quite indistinct. The painting is executed almost entirely in yellows, oranges, and browns. (From a color photograph.)
Identification: The 20 October 1983 sale catalog photograph is barely legible, but it does appear to be the same painting illustrated for the 21 January 1981 sale. The 20 October 1983 sale catalog reports its size as 14 x 22 but in the photograph the height exceeds the width. The photo from William K. Dick identifies the July 1973 sale as its source.

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