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[photo] [Morning in Yosemite Valley, California 3]

Date: said to be 1884
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30 x 50 in (76 x 127 cm)
Inscription: appears to be l/r "Fred./Schafer", in the artist's block-letter hand (indistinct in the photograph)
Provenance: With Harry Shaw Newman Galleries (The Old Print Shop), New York City, 1965.
Reproductions: The Old Print Shop Portfolio March 1965, figure 34
Site: Looking East into Yosemite Valley, California, with El Capitan on the distance on the left and Bridalveil Fall in the distance on the right. The vantage point is across a rise which appears to be somewhat above the valley floor.
Description: A crisp foreground with great contrasts in brightness depicts a gentle slope on both sides of a wide valley, against the hazy mid-range and background of cliffs, sky, and valley. A pair of conifers stands in the center against the distant canyon walls. Wildflowers fill the right foreground, with a bright clearing just beyond and conifers further away on the right; the falls land behind a rise. In the middle distance, just to the left of the falls is a dead but standing tree. On left side of river are bright rocks with dark forest beyond. In the distance Sentinel Rock and Half Dome are visible through the haze. (From a monochrome photograph.)
Note: The text accompanying the Old Print Shop illustration describes the signature as "Fred Schaffer, 1884".
Identification: William K. Dick reports that a painting with the same title, size, and date was offered at the Brick, Ltd. Gallery, San Francisco, in 1965, for $675.

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