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[photo] The Alps of California [1]
Photo credit: Bruce Davies, Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society, 2008
Date: probably undated
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30 x 50 in (76 x 127 in)
Inscription: l/r "F. Schafer", in the artist's block-letter hand
Verso: said to be "The Alps of California"
Provenance: With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, August 1972. In private collection, Scottsdale, Arizona, to 2002; with Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 9 June 2002; to private collection, San Francisco.
Reproductions: William K. Dick photo #24 (color, 1972); 6 June 2002 sale catalog, lot 8142.
Description: A snow-capped ridge runs from the left edge about three-fourths of the way across the painting, where it disappears behind a small grove of conifers standing on a dark green, rocky slope that appears as a triangle across the lower right. The sky, which has a few clouds, is a purplish hazy grey, almost the same shade as the haze that covers the lower reaches of the distant ridge, making it appear to float against the sky. A steep, rocky, beige cliff in the middle distance forms the far wall of a deep valley. The nearby, grass- and wildflower- covered slope has a prominent, long narrow boulder in the center, across which lies the trunk of a dead tree; a larger boulder lies near the right edge. (From a color photograph.)
Identification: Title from verso inscription.

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