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[photo] [On Boulder Creek, Santa Cruz Mountains, California 1]
Photo credit: William K. Dick, 1978
Date: said to be 1889
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30 x 50 in (76 x 127 cm)
Inscription: l/r said to be "F. Schafer 1889" (visible but illegible in photograph)
Provenance: With Garzoli Gallery, San Francisco, 1978. With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 23 September 1982.
Reproductions: 23 September 1982 sale catalog 3220P, lot 179; William K. Dick slide S6
Description: A creek runs directly toward the viewer on the left side of the picture, with a bit of white water in the foreground. A grove of redwood trees stands on the right; we see only their lower trunks. The grove continues on the left side of the creek, but only two or three trees are visible. A log in the foreground crosses the painting and is the most noticeable object. Boulders and brush fill in the lower interstices of the grove. The colors are entirely shades of grey and blue, with a little greyish-green. (From a color photograph.)
Identification: Descriptive title of unknown origin, from the 1982 sale catalog.

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