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[photo] Deer Creek, Yosemite Valley

Date: 1881
Medium: oil on canvas, lined
Size: 22.5 x 10.5 in (57.2 x 26.7 cm)
Inscription: signed and dated l/r "F Schafer / S.F. 81", in the artist's characteristic block-letter hand
Verso: Said to have been titled, covered by lining.
Provenance: Offered by DeRu's Fine Arts, Bellflower, California, 1990. Sold 17 November 2020 together with its pendant, Indians hunting in Yosemite Valley, for $1500 + 25% by John Moran Auctioneers, Inc., Monrovia, California, as part of lot 23 in California and American Fine Art sale #175; to private collection, Lake Oswego, Oregon.
Reproductions: Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #99 (color, 1990)
Description: A creek ripples down over a succession of small falls in the interior of a forest, toward the foreground where it passes through a pool surrounded by bright beige boulders. The trunks of two, dead trees, one beige and one grey, stand above the boulders on the right, while a little farther back another dead tree leans slightly out over the creek. In the background the sides are filled with indistinct forest foliage around the sun-brightened upper center. (From the painting, 21 July 1990.)
Note: This painting and Indians hunting in Yosemite Valley appear to be pendants.
Identification: Descriptive title said to come from a now-covered verso inscription.
Other title(s): [Yosemite Valley] (plaque on frame); [Small waterfall in a Yosemite Valley Landscape] (John Moran Auctioneers, Inc. sale catalog)

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