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[photo] [Mountain composition 1]

Date: undated
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30 x 50 in (76 x 127 cm)
Inscription: l/l "F. Schafer", in the artist's block-letter hand
Provenance: With Garzoli Gallery, San Francisco, California, 1975. To private collection, California, by 1976.
Exhibited: California Landscape Painting, 1860–1885, Palo Alto, California, 1975-76.
Reproductions: 1975 exhibition catalog, #4, page 49, ill. before page 48 (color); Stanford University Visual Collection #76Q.86 (color, 1976); Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #32 (color, 1976); William K. Dick photo #22 (color, 1975)
Description: A brown snow-capped mountain peak in the center background, with lower cliffs in the middle distance. A waterfall drops from a cliff near the center to a river which continues to the right front corner. On the left, a conifer forest covers the bank on the other side of a small foreground clearing littered with logs and boulders. One log directs the eye to the waterfall; the line so followed continues along a ridge on the right side of the painting. The sky is filled with dramatic orange and white clouds; the upper right of the painting is all in brownish tones, while the lower left is all in shades of green. (From a color photograph.)
Note: Miller's paragraph of comments on this painting include the suggestion that this is a composite ("composed") landscape rather than a real one.
Identification: The catalog gives the dimensions as 50 x 30, but the photographs are of a painting in landscape orientation. The Early California and Western Art Research index identifies the slide with the 1975 exhibition and adds the word (sunset) to the title.

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