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Painting record FFSd0043

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[photo] [Cattle along a river, Marin County]

Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 20 x 36 in (51 x 91 cm)
Inscription: said to be l/l "F. Schafer" (not visible in photograph)
Provenance: With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 10 August 1988.
Reproductions: 10 August 1988 sale catalog 3967P/P37, lot 3126
Site: A farm somewhere in Marin County, California, a few miles North of the Golden Gate.
Description: The distinctive shape of Mount Tamalpais is visible hazily in the background. A calm river enters the scene at the center, sweeps right and then left until it covers the entire width of the painting, then exits at the right front, leaving a small piece of bank and a rock for the viewer to stand on. On the point on the left created by the bend in the river, three cows stand on the river's edge; to the left of the cows is a small grove of trees. The right bank is steep at first, and is surmounted by rocks and a few trees. A bridge or fence appears on the far bank to the left, mirrored in the water. (From a monochrome photograph.)
Identification: Descriptive title of unknown origin, from the 1988 sale catalog.

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