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[photo] [Bear Lake in the Wasatch Mountains, Utah 4]
Photo credit: William K. Dick, 1979
Date: undated
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 20 x 36 in (51 x 91 cm)
Inscription: l/l "F. Schafer", in the artist's block-letter hand
Verso: no inscription
Provenance: With Kerwin Galleries, Burlingame, California, 1979-80. With Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco, 12 August 1989. With Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, 12 December 2001.
Reproductions: Early California and Western Art Research/Schafer slide #52 (color, 1980); William K. Dick photo #20 (color, 1979) 12 December 2001 sale catalog 7274D, lot 5178
Citations: William K. Dick notes, page 76
Site: Unidentified, but because the bright mountain on the left seems to include the geologic feature known as Devil's Slide, may be in the Weber Canyon, about 30 miles east of Ogden, Utah. If so, the painting is probably a composite, because below Devil's Slide is the Weber River rather than a lake.
Description: A black triangular mountain dominates the center of the painting, with a contrasting very bright mountain on the left, a beige mountain on the right, and a greyish mountain ridge in the background. A river or lake encompassing the entire width of the painting flows from the viewer toward the center. Conifer trees line the edge of the river on both sides, but there are only a few scattered trees on any of the nearby mountains. (From the painting, 12 August 1989.)
Note: (1) If not a composite, the lake may be a wide, slow-moving section of the Weber River looking west. (2) Schafer painted this scene several times from slightly different vantage points. See the list of Wasatch Mountains.
Identification: Assigned, descriptive title based on three other paintings of the same scene that the artist titled. The alternate title was used in the Early California and Western Art Research index. The Early California and Western Art Research index and the photograph by William K. Dick both identify the painting with the 1980 Kerwin Galleries offering.
Other title(s): [Wasatch Mountains]; [Wasatch Mountains]

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