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[photo] [Hunter returning home through the redwoods]
Photo credit: Nancy Ferreira, Christopher Queen Galleries, 1984
Medium: oil on canvas, lined
Size: 50 x 30 in (127 x 76 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F. Schäfer", underlined, in the artist's block-letter hand
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, 24 May 1984; with Christopher Queen Galleries, Duncans Mills, California; to private collection, 29 October 1984; by descent in the family in 1999 to private collection, San Francisco Bay area.
Reproductions: 25 May 1982 sale catalog 3205A, lot 209; Christopher Queen Galleries photo (color, 1984)
Citations: 23 September 1982 sale catalog 3220P, lot 172; 24 March 1983 sale catalog 3307P, lot 2652; 24 May 1984 sale catalog 3432P, lot 1301; Christopher Queen Galleries record 040
Description: A slender, bearded man wearing a brown, broad-brimmed hat and red shirt (probably intended to represent John Muir) and carrying what may be a fishing pole over his shoulder emerges from a redwood grove, casting a shadow forward along a dirt path. Just to the left of the figure is a small green conifer; both are dwarfed by the giant redwoods that line the path a little farther back. The first redwood on the right has a large vertical gash on its base. Wild flowers dot the grassy foreground clearings on either side. Looking farther down the path, a tree leans over the path from the right; the forest becomes very dense and the path disappears into blackness. Through the forest cut the sky is orange near the horizon, shading to a hazy yellow at the top. (From a color photograph.)
Note: The subject and composition is very similar to Sunset in Santa Cruz Mountains, California. In that painting there is a felled and sawn redwood log on the right. See the list of forest path scenes for several other works of similar composition. This is a Western version.
Identification: The descriptive title comes from the (illustrated) 25 May 1982 sale catalog. According to Arnold Wallen, the Christopher Queen Galleries was the buyer of the painting in the (unillustrated) 24 May 1984 sale. That sale, as well as the (unillustrated) 23 September 1982 and 24 March 1983 sales, used the title "Stroller amidst the redwoods"; all four sales give the same size and signature descriptions, so I assume that the 23 September 1982 and 24 March 1983 sales are also of the same painting.
Other title(s): Stroller amidst the redwoods (1982, 1983, 1984 sale catalogs); Hunter in the redwoods (Christopher Queen Galleries)

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