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Frederick Ferdinand Schafer Painting Catalog

Painting record FFSd0178

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[photo] [Mount Hood from Hood River, Oregon 3]

Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30 x 50 in (76 x 127 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F. Schafer" (partly cut off in photograph)
Provenance: With Kent Diehl, San Anselmo, California, in 1976; with Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 25 April 1985; to Old Heritage Antiques, San Mateo, 1985; to Sherburne Antiques and Fine Arts, Inc., Olympia, Washington, November 1987; with Bowie & Weatherford, Inc., Booksellers, Seattle, June 1991; to collection of the Medford Depot Restaurant, Medford, Oregon, December 1997. With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 9 June 2002;
Reproductions: Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #36 (color, 1976); 25 April 1985 sale catalog 3534C, lot 2328; 9 June 2002 sale catalog 7337D, lot 8158.
Site: View North up the Hood River to Mount Hood, Oregon.
Description: A snow-covered stratovolcano stands in the center, it and clouds tinged pink by the setting sun, with two lower, indistinct ranges in front, and a river flowing from the center to the left front, with trees on the far bank. Two adjacent canoes are on the near bank, with the figures of two Indians standing nearby, one dressed in red and one in white, and two more seated or kneeling in the canoes. There are larger trees to the right just beyond the Indians, and several snags on the nearby right bank. The coloring is quite subdued, perhaps even out of character. (From a color photograph.)
Note: The composition is almost identical to that of Mount Hood from Hood River, Oregon [1] and Mount Hood from Hood River [2] but the subdued colors of this painting make it much less dramatic. This painting is one of a series of Pacific northwest coast and Victoria, British Columbia, all of which depict the same tents and ocean-capable dugout canoes. The alternate title mentioning the Pend d'Oreilles seems inappropriate, since the Pend d'Oreilles belong at the border of Idaho and Washington, 400 miles east of the depicted area. That tribe also uses a distinctive snub-nose canoe unlike the pointed canoe in the picture.
Identification: Assigned, descriptive title based on other paintings of the same view of Mount Hood. The Early California and Western Art Research index refers to this painting simply as Mt Hood. This painting may be the same as [Pend d'Oreille Indians], but the evidence is ambiguous.
Other title(s): Mount Hood, Hood River, Pend d'Oreille Indians (1985 sale catalog)

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