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[photo] Lassen Peak, Sierra Nevada
Photo credit: Early California and Western Art Research, 1983
Date: probably undated
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 24 x 42 in (61 x 107 cm)
Inscription: l/l "F. Schafer" underlined, in the artist's block-letter hand
Verso: said to be titled
Provenance: With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 9 June 1983.
Reproductions: 9 June 1983 sale catalog 3330P, lot 2215; Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #66 (color, 1983)
Site: Lassen Peak, California, before that volcano erupted in 1914/1915. Lassen peak is actually at the southern end of the Cascades rather than the northern end of the Sierra Nevada, though this distinction may not have been appreciated by artists in the late 1800's.
Description: From a high vantage point we see a flat-topped peak in the distance just to the right of center. It is covered with snow, colored coral by the setting sun, and rises high above snow-covered foothills. Between us and the mountain lie only two low ridges; to the left a nearby forest rises to fill the picture with green and grey. The (setting?) sun strikes the mountain from the left, but it does not appear in the picture. The mountain is in crisp detail, despite its great distance. There are wisps of orange clouds. (From a color photograph.)
Note: The composition is virtually identical to [Mountain sunrise (Lassen Peak)].
Identification: The Early California and Western Art Research index identifies the slide with the 9 June 1983 sale.

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