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[photo] Morning on Merced River
Photo credit: William K. Dick, 1972
Date: undated
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30 x 50 in (76 x 127 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F. Schafer", in the artist's block-letter hand, underlined, "a" may be umlauted
Verso: said to be "Morning on Merced River"
Provenance: In private collection in 1972. With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 24 June 1992.
Reproductions: Archives of California Art photo (color); William K. Dick photo #65 (color, 1970); 24 June 1992 sale catalog #4907D, lot 6254. Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #114 (1992, not seen)
Citations: William K. Dick notes, page 80
Description: A calm river on the left, with sun rising behind layers of clouds on the horizon to the left shading through reds and pinks above and toward a darker gray sky on the right. At the right edge of the river, a fisherman in a red shirt stands in a boat; a second fisherman leans over the boat from the bank. The river bank on the right contains boulders and conifers, and rises to light pink rocky cliffs in the middle distance on the right, silhouetted against a dark, forbidding sky. A snag lies on the bank by the boulders. The water of the river reflects the varying colors of the sky. The bright cliffs contrast with the dark sky above. (From the painting, 14 June 1992.)
Identification: The Bonhams & Butterfields catalog and the Early California and Western Art Research index add the word California to the end of the title.

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