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[photo] Bear Lake in the Wasatch Mountains, Utah [1]
Photo credit: Early California and Western Art Research, 1985
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30 x 50 in (76 x 127 cm)
Inscription: l/l "F. Schafer", in the artist's block-letter hand
Provenance: With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 25 April 1985. With Sotheby Arcade, New York, 31 March 1993.
Reproductions: 25 April 1985 sale catalog 3534C, lot 2326; Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #73 (color, 1985); 31 March 1993 sale catalog 1426, lot 186.
Site: Unidentified, but because the bright mountain on the left seems to include the geologic feature known as Devil's Slide, may be in the Weber Canyon, about 30 miles east of Ogden, Utah. If so, the painting is probably a composite, because below Devil's Slide is the Weber River rather than a lake.
Description: A view across a lake toward a dark mountain, which contrasts strongly with a bright, light, lower mountain on the left. A few conifers are on the left bank of the lake, while the right bank of lake is heavily forested. There are three tepees on the far, right bank, with smoke from a fire within. On a point extending out on the left side of the lake, two figures of Indians stand on the shore beside a canoe with three figures in it. (From a color photograph.)
Note: (1) If not a composite, The lake may be a wide, slow-moving section of the Weber River looking west. (2) Schafer painted this scene several times from slightly different vantage points. See the list of Wasatch Mountains.
Identification: Descriptive title as found in the 1985 Bonhams & Butterfields sale catalog. Based on the similarity to Bear Lake in the Wasatch Mountains, Utah [2] it is likely that the title comes from an unmentioned verso inscription.

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