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[photo] Mount Shasta, California [1]

Date: undated
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 22 x 36 in (56 x 91 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F. Schafer", in the artist's block-letter hand
Verso: "Mt Shasta Cal.", in the artist's block-letter hand, in pencil on the stretcher
Provenance: With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 23 September 1982; to private collection, Palo Alto, California, 1982.
Reproductions: 23 September 1982 sale catalog 3220P, lot 155
Site: Mount Shasta, California, viewed through a valley from the South, above a lake or river, probably the Sacramento. Shastina stands on the left, casting a late afternoon or sunset shadow on Shasta.
Description: The snow-capped Mount Shasta and Shastina stand above a range of indistinct cliffs. The foreground is a bright green, crossed by a trail that leads up a rise to the right. On the trail, three riders on horseback with colorful shirts are about to enter the forest behind a large boulder. A dead log lies propped against the boulder, while a dead tree stands near the right edge. The deep green, forested mountainside beyond the riders completes the right lower triangle of the picture, which contrasts in color, depth, and control with the remainder of the painting, which is in less-saturated hues. On the left the valley rises above an almost-hidden river or lake in the middle distance. Although when viewed from a proper distance the drawing looks complete, on close inspection the horses and the boulders are found to be incompletely drawn. (From the painting, 7 November 1989.)
Identification: The owner confirms that the painting is the one sold by Bonhams & Butterfields.

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