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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: With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, July 1973. With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 21 January 1981. With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 20 October 1983. With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 12-13 December 2005. With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 26 February 2006. With Slawinski Auction Company, Scotts Valley, California, 18 February 2008.
Reproductions: 21 January 1981 sale catalog 3132A, lot 175; 20 October 1983 sale catalog 3372P, lot 1263; William K. Dick photo #147 (color, 1973); 26 February 2006 sale catalog lot 4081 (color); 18 February 2008 on-line sale catalog, lot 66.
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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