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[photo] On Boulder Creek, Santa Cruz Mountains, California [2]
Photo credit: Clars Auction Gallery, Oakland, California, 2006
Date: 1889
Medium: oil on canvas, lined
Size: 30 x 50 in (7g x 127 cm)
Inscription: l/r (on rock) "F.Schafer 1889", in the artist's block-letter hand
Verso: l/c "on Boulder Creek/Santa Cruz Mtns. Cal.", in the artist's block-letter hand
Provenance: In private collection, San Francisco, 1970. In private collection, Piedmont, California, by 1989; by descent in 1991 and again c. 2002 to private collection; with Clar's Auction Gallery, Oakland, California, 10 September 2006 (sale rescinded?); with Clar's Auction Gallery, Oakland, California, 5 November 2006; to private collection, Boulder Creek, California.
Reproductions: William K. Dick photo #66 (color, 1970); WIM Fine Arts photos (color); 10 September 2006 on-line sale catalog 441, lot 6221 (color); 5 November 2006 on-line sale catalog, lot 6322 (color);
Citations: William K. Dick notes, page 80
Description: A fisherman wearing a dark hat, white shirt, and dark vest stands with his pole on his shoulder beside a large boulder on the right bank of a stream, which rushes away from the viewer over a white rapid. Tall conifers stand silhouetted against the sky on each side of the boulder; the hillside on the right is covered with grass, brush, and rocks, with a cliff in the upper background whose profile shows a peaked promontory. In the distance at the center the lower reaches of the stream are visible; beyond that lies a blue-grey mountain ridge. A log with a short, vertical, side branch bridges the stream and many fallen, leafless branches lie at the edge and among the brush; a snag stands part way up the slope on the right. The sky is white with bright clouds, with a bit more gray at the right. The colors in the foreground are mostly greens and browns; the background is blues, grays, and whites. (From a color photograph.)
Legend: There is an unconfirmed report that the Piedmont collector acquired the painting at a White Elephant sale conducted by the Women's Board of The Oakland Museum of California in the late 1970s.

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