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[photo] [Old Roscoe on the Truckee River]
Photo credit: The Birmingham Museum of Art
Date: undated
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30 x 20 in (76 x 51 cm)
Inscription: l/l "FSchafer", initials conjoined in a monogram, in the artist's block-letter hand
Provenance: With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 22 May 1986; to collection of Dr. & Mrs. M. Bruce Sullivan, Birmingham, Alabama, 1986; by gift to The Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama, 1993.
Reproductions: 22 May 1986 sale catalog 3677P, lot 2004; Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #79 (color, 1986)
Citations: The Birmingham Museum of Art accession #1993.37.
Description: A "man of the mountain" rock formation is silhouetted in the upper right corner against a brilliant orange sunset sky with a dark conifer forest in the valley below and a river in the foreground. The river appears to be flowing away from the viewer's feet, implying, for the Truckee River, that the view is to the North. The sun comes from off the canvas to the left, bathing Roscoe and the forest below Roscoe's face in orange. A very bright orange cloud appears in the center of a blue sky; a few fluffy clouds surround it. The center of the painting is very dark. (From a color photograph.)
Note: Collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art; Gift of Dr. and Mrs. M. Bruce Sullivan in memory of Evalina Brown Spencer, wife of Mr. William Spencer III 1993.37
Identification: Descriptive title of unknown origin, from the 1986 sale catalog. The Early California and Western Art Research index identifies the slide with the 22 May 1986 sale.

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