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[photo] [Mountain landscape with cabin by a lake]
Photo credit: J. H. Saltzer, 1999
Date: undated
Medium: oil on canvas, lined
Size: 30 x 50 in (76 x 127 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F. Schäfer", in the artist's block-letter hand, underlined.
Verso: "3" on stretcher; canvas lined and covered with protective board.
Provenance: With Sotheby Arcade, New York, 26 June 1986. With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 31 May 1990. To unidentified dealer, Laguna Beach, California, c. 1994; to private collection, San Bernardino County, California, September, 1999.
Reproductions: 26 June 1986 sale catalog 1168, lot 55; 31 May 1990 sale catalog 4298P, lot 5105
Citations: Inventory of American Paintings… record 63007161
Description: A pastoral mountain scene in an unidentified region that has broadleaf forests; a view across a brownish dirt road, a small gully, and a bright-green grassy clearing to a house with shutters and a brick chimney in the middle-distant center. A dominating tree stands against the sky toward the right, a smaller one stands just to the left of the house. Several boulders lie at the side of the road against a rail fence, which descends into the gully. To the left of the gully the grass- and wildflower-covered terrain rises and is capped with brush and low trees; beyond this slope lies a blue lake with a sailboat in the distance. Chapparal-covered mountains in shades of pink and purple form a bowl-shaped horizon under a blue sky with gathering storm clouds. The painting is in the Luminist style. (From the painting, 8 December 1999.)
Identification: Descriptive title of unknown origin, as found in the 1986 sale catalog. The Inventory of American Paintings listing cites the Sotheby Arcade sale. Although the photograph in the Bonhams & Butterfields catalog is nearly illegible, it appears to be of the same painting as in the Sotheby Arcade catalog. The Bonhams & Butterfields sale catalog lists the size as 30 x 50 in.
Other title(s): Mountain cottage by a lake (Bonhams & Butterfields sale catalog)

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