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[photo] [Tropical sunset]
Photo credit: Early California and Western Art Research, 1985
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 12 x 10 in (30 x 25 cm)
Inscription: l/r "Schafer"
Provenance: With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 25 April 1985. With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 24 October 1985. With Rob Kral Fine Arts, Oakland, 1987. With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 7 March 1993.
Reproductions: Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #74 (color, 1985), 7 March 1993 sale catalog 5370D/D04, lot 13.
Citations: 25 April 1985 sale catalog 3534C, lot 2320; 24 October 1985 sale catalog 3595P, lot 4158
Description: A blue lagoon with a white sailboat on the far side. Two palms stand at the right, reaching to the top of the painting; the area below them is filled with ferns and jungle foliage. The horizon is colored sunset orange, coloring the far edge of the lagoon. The sky shade changes to blue at the top. A beige rock stands in the lower right corner. (From a color photograph.)
Note: This painting is one of several tropical scenes by Schafer, which were probably prepared to satisfy a demand for such paintings from San Francisco residents who came from the east via a Central American overland route.
Identification: Descriptive title of unknown origin, as used in the three sale catalogs. The two sales are assumed to be of the same painting based on the identical title and size, and the failure of the first sale. The Early California and Western Art Research index identifies the slide with the 25 April 1985 sale and with the 1987 offering at Kral.

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