< Tour Previous

Frederick Ferdinand Schafer Painting Catalog

Painting record FFSd0255

Tour next >

[photo] [The Pow-wow]
Photo credit: William K. Dick, 1971
Date: undated
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 30 x 54 in (76 x 137 cm)
Inscription: l/r "F.Schafer" in the artist's block-letter hand
Verso: said to be no inscription; back sealed
Provenance: To private collection, San Francisco, c. 1971; with Carlson Gallery, San Francisco, in 1983. with Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 16 July 1996; to private collection, northern California.
Reproductions: William K. Dick photo #72 (color, 1971)
Citations: 16 July 1996 sale 6460W list, lot 10168
Site: The Great Plains (Montana?)
Description: Twelve Indians sit and stand in a pow-wow around their seated chief; another, on a white horse, is just arriving; two more come down a ravine between rocks from the right, while across a wide valley in the distance are seven more riders coming to join the group. The chief is distinguished by a headdress with many feathers; the others have only one or two apiece. The right side of the painting is filled with exotic, brown and grey rock formations. At a great distance a ridge of snow-capped mountains is just visible on the horizon. The sky is light blue with clouds near the horizon. (From the painting, 14 July 1996.)
Note: See the list of Indians in desert locales for several possibly related paintings.
Identification: Assigned, descriptive title, based partly on the similarity of subject with Going to the pow-wow. Indian scene, Montana. The Bonhams & Butterfields auction listing uses the alternate descriptive title and attributes the painting with the phrase "bearing signature F. Schapf".
Other title(s): Indians against desert landscape (Bonhams & Butterfields list)

Title list
Other lists
Help About the Artist Copyright Notice Schafer Catalog Home Page
Comments, corrections, or questions: Saltzer@mit.edu
Feb 13, 2017, 11:05 MST