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[photo] [Fisherman beneath Bridal Veil Fall]
Photo credit: Early California and Western Art Research, 1982
Medium: oil on canvas, lined
Size: 51 x 30 in (130 x 76 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F. Schafer", in the artist's block-letter hand, underlined
Provenance: With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 25 May 1982. With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 23 September 1982. With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 24 March 1983. With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 13 July 1989; with Christopher Queen Galleries, Duncans Mills, California; to private collection, San Francisco, July 1990.
Reproductions: 25 May 1982 sale catalog 3205A lot 172; Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #59 (color, 1982); 13 July 1989 sale catalog 4096P/P48, lot 2540
Citations: 23 September 82 sale catalog 3220P lot 180; 24 March 1983 sale catalog 3307P lot 2617; Christopher Queen Galleries record 479
Site: View from Bridalveil Meadow across the Merced River with Bridalveil Fall in the background, in Yosemite Valley, California.
Description: Water falls from a cliff between tall, reddish peaks (the Cathedral Rocks) in the background, landing behind a conifer forest. The river fills the foreground, with a fisherman standing in the water on the other side facing the viewer; the fisherman's line is just visible. Tall cedar trees stand on the right; a fallen tree crosses the lower right corner. The bright blue sky, falls, and far bank contrast with the central, dark, green and brown trees and the greenish stream. (From the painting, 10 January 1990.)
Note: Tree identification suggested by Arnold Wallen.
Identification: Descriptive title of unknown origin, from the 1982 sale catalog, with "Falls" changed to "Fall" to match Schafer's usual name for that site. The portrait orientation, the unique size, the identical signature description, and failure of the first attempt at sale suggest that the three closely-spaced sales are probably all of the same painting.
Other title(s): Yosemite (1989 sale catalog); Yosemite-Fisherman on the Merced river (Christopher Queen Galleries)

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