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Painting record FFSd0129

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[photo] [Landscape with cottage]
Photo credit: Early California and Western Art Research, 1985
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 14 x 24 in (36 x 61 cm)
Inscription: l/r "Frederick Schafer", in the artist's block-letter hand
Provenance: The Oakland Museum of California in 1975, deaccessioned in 1985; with Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 25 April 1985.
Reproductions: 25 April 1985 sale catalog 3534C, lot 2319; Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #75 (color, 1985)
Citations: Inventory of American Paintings… record 71067661
Description: A European forest scene with broadleaf trees rising behind a bright timber-frame cottage with a sod roof on the right; smoke rises from the chimney. In the center, a break in the woods leads the eye off to the horizon. A path leads from the cottage toward the viewer across a slightly gold field; a woman and a boy stand on the path at the edge of a bluish foreground shadow. On the left, a stream enters the picture, then leaves. Wildflowers dot the rolling terrain. Farm animals can be seen in the distance on the left. (From a color photograph.)
Note: The Europen style half-timbered structure with sod roof suggests that this scene may have been painted in Germany before Schafer emigrated to the United States.
Identification: Descriptive title of unknown origin, from the 1985 sale catalog. The Bonhams & Butterfields sale gives the provenance as the Oakland Museum; the Inventory of American Paintings entry cites the Oakland Museum as the owner. The Early California and Western Art Research index identifies the slide with the 25 April 1985 sale.

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