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[photo] Mount Hood, Oregon [1]
Photo credit: Braarud Fine Art, LaConner, Washington
Date: said to be undated
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 12 x 10 in (30 x 25 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F Schafer", in the artist's block-letter hand
Verso: said to be "Mt Hood, Ore."
Provenance: With Garzoli Gallery, San Francisco; to private collection, San Francisco, in 1971; with Carlson Gallery, San Francisco, in 1983; with Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 20 October 1983; with Braarud Fine Art, LaConner, Washington; to private collection, Seattle after 1985.
Reproductions: William K. Dick photo #134 (color, 1971)
Citations: 20 October 1983 sale catalog 3372P, lot 1187; Spring, 1985, Braarud Fine Art gallery list. Inventory of American Paintings… record 67530235
Site: Mount Hood, Oregon, viewed from the Northeast, along the Columbia River.
Description: Snow-covered Mount Hood stands majestically in the center above several indistinctly seen, multicolored ranges of foothills, a steep brownish-grey bluff to the left, and a sharply sloped brown hillside immediately on the right. A large river flows from the lower left corner up through the center of the painting, loosely reflecting the blue sky and a forest that covers the far bank. On the near bank two conifers stand near the water's edge, while a small grove of trees stands higher up the slope, reaching into the sky. Above them a rocky cliff climbs high up the right edge; below them the trunk of a dead tree lies sprawled down the steep slope. The sky is hazy white with distinct white clouds just above the mountain peak. (From a color photograph.) "A rocky cliff, trees and green brushy slope angles diagnonally in the right foregound, a river (Columbia?, Hood?) in middle ground and the mountain centered over all. A few clouds in the sky." (From the gallery list.)
Identification: The two photographs are of the same painting. The description in the 1985 Braarud Fine Art gallery list matches that of the photographs. The identification with the Carlson offering is confirmed by William K. Dick; the identification with the Bonhams & Butterfields sale is confirmed by Braarud Fine Art.

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