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[photo] On Deer Creek, California [1]
Photo credit: William K. Dick, 1972
Date: probably undated
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30 x 50 in (76 x 127 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F. Schafer", in the artist's block-letter hand, on rock
Verso: said to be "On Deer Creek, Cala"
Provenance: In private collection, Denver "around 1891"; by descent to private collection, Denver, in 1969.
Reproductions: William K. Dick photo #28 (color, 1972); Alameda Free Library Clipping File photo (color, c. 1969)
Site: Presumably the Deer Creek in Yosemite Valley, California.
Description: Against a blue sky with a flew clouds, a range of snow-capped mountains stands in the hazy blue distance above a v-shaped valley densely forested in green. A stream flows from the center toward the front, sweeping toward the left around boulders and smaller rocks. On the nearby banks of the stream grow broadleaf trees; on the right is a clearing on which brush grows between the rocks. An unusual property of this painting is that no dead trees, snags, driftwood, or fallen branches are evident. (From a color photograph.)
Legend: The Denver, Colorado, owner is said to have met Schafer in person and acquired this painting, along with six others by the artist, on a honeymoon trip to California around 1891.
Identification: Both photographs are of the same Denver collection. The Alameda Library photograph, supplied by the current owner, is labeled "Title Unknown", and notes the size as 29.5 x 44 in, but the proportions of the painting in the photograph are those of a painting with dimensions 30 x 50.

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