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[photo] [Three hikers entering Yosemite Valley]

Medium: watercolor on paper
Size: 9 x 15.5 in (23 x 39 cm) sight
Inscription: l/l "F. Schafer" in an unknown script hand
Provenance: With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 9 December 1981. With John Moran Auctioneers, Inc., Pasadena, 21 October 1997.
Reproductions: 9 December 1981 sale catalog 3182, lot 86
Citations: 21 October 1997 sale catalog, lot 5122
Site: View to the East up Yosemite Valley, California, with El Capitan at the left and Bridalveil Fall at the right.
Description: The valley is a vague, hazy background; the focus is on the foreground, which is a wide, gently sloped, sparsely treed valley. A figure sits at the left edge of a path that leads down the valley; toward the first two. Fallen trees appear in the foreground on both sides of the path. Clusters of two or three tall pines frame the painting. (From a monochrome photograph.)
Note: This small watercolor is one of several Schafer paintings of Yosemite Valley in which the tall foreground conifers are clustered in pairs or threes. Other examples are oils The Yosemite Valley from Artist's Point, California [4], The Yosemity Valley - California [5], [The Yosemite Valley 13] (1881), [Yosemite Valley from Artist's Point, California 5], and the mural The Yosemite Valley (1895).
Identification: Descriptive title of unknown origin, as found in the 1981 sale catalog. Based on the title, size, and medium, the 1997 sale is probably of the same painting.

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