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[no photo] [Bear Lake in the Wasatch Mountains, Utah 5]

Date: undated
Medium: oil on canvas, lined
Size: 30 x 50 in (76 x 127 cm) approx
Inscription: l/r "F. Schafer", in the artist's block-letter hand, underlined, in red
Verso: n.v. (lined)
Provenance: With Sunbird Gallery, Los Altos, California, 1989.
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 charcoal-colored, massive mountain stands in the center against a backdrop consisting of a range of lower snow-covered mountains. On the left is a bright, light, lower, treeless mountain and a lake. A path on the right side of the lake leads past two boulders and a snag leaning across the lake. Farther away on the right the forest floor is a bright, light, green. On the far shore of the lake is a tent with three figures huddled around a campfire from which smoke rises above and to the left. (From the painting, October 1989.)
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: Assigned title, based on three other paintings of the same scene that were titled by the artist. The alternate title is of unknown origin, perhaps from an unmentioned verso inscription, as listed by the Sunbird Gallery in 1989.
Other title(s): [Black Mountain]

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