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[photo] Indians hunting in 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/l "F. Schafer / S.F. 81", in the artist's characteristic block-letter hand
Verso: Said to have been titled, no covered by lining.
Provenance: With DeRu's Fine Arts, Bellflower, California, 1990. Sold 17 November 2020 together with its pendant, Deer Creek, 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.
Description: Two trappers dressed in grey coats and caps stand and kneel on the left side of a stream, which flows from the right center to the front. The standing figure carries a rifle; the kneeling figure appears to be setting a trap. Two tall broadleaf trees, lower trunks bare and grey, fill the left side of the painting against a dense forest background; the slender trunks of two dead trees lean out over the stream. The right bank in the middle distance is covered with broadleaf forest, while in the center distance the forest becomes conifer. A hazy sky is visible through the trees in The upper right corner. (From the painting, 22 July 1990.)
Note: This painting and Deer Creek, 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); [Figures in a Yosemite Valley Landscape] (John Moran Auctioneers, Inc. sale catalog)

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