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Frederick Ferdinand Schafer Painting Catalog

Painting record FFSd0307

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[photo] [The Three Sisters, Oregon 1]

Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30 x 50 in (76 x 127 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F Schafer", faintly underlined, in the artist's characteristic block-letter hand
Verso: said to be titled
Provenance: Sold August 1972 for $275 by Butterfield & Butterfield, San Francisco. Offered in 1974 by WIM Fine Arts, Oakland, California. By 1990 in private collection, Sacramento, California. Sold 19 September 2017 for $1500+17% by O'Gallerie Inc., Portland, Oregon, as lot 460 in Estate and Collection Auction.
Reproductions: William K. Dick photo #44 (color, 1972); WIM Fine Arts photo #40; Inventory of American Paintings… record 71060521, S2.96 LC10/2
Site: The Three Sisters Mountain range in Western Oregon.
Description: Three pyramid-shaped, pinkish, snow-covered mountains stand along the skyline, which is completed at the right with a group of four conifer trees, a single conifer, and a brownish-grey cliff. Two (perhaps three) fog-covered ridges stand below the mountains, and in front of them stands a grove of green conifers beside a lake. In the right foreground the slope is littered with boulders and trunks of several dead trees; wildflowers grow in the grass. (From the photographs.)
Identification: Descriptive title of unknown origin, as appearing in the 1972 sale catalog. A note on the back of the photograph by William K. Dick describes the Butterfield & Butterfield sale. The Inventory of American Paintings listing, which uses the title The Three Sisters (Mountains, Deschutes River, Oregon) identifies as its informants Nelson-Rees and Coran, proprietors of WIM Fine Arts. The O'Gallerie Inc. lists the title as ' "Evening, Three Sisters," Oregon' and reports that the painting is "titled, verso", but did not provide a verso photograph. It is unclear just what the verso inscription says and whether it was originally applied by the artist or added later.
Other title(s): Evening, Three Sisters (O'Gallerie Inc. sale catalog)

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